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Petrochemicals

Evonik makes aldehydes in a single step

by Alex Scott
November 17, 2019 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 97, ISSUE 45

 

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Credit: Evonik Industries
Evonik project leaders Robert Franke (left) and Jennifer Hasselberg at the pilot facility

Evonik Industries, in association with nine partner organizations across Europe, has developed a reactor for converting olefins and syngas into aldehydes in one step. The reactor costs 50–60% less to build and run than standard catalytic membrane reactors, Evonik claims. Inside the reactor, a homogeneous catalyst is fixed to a cylindrical monolith, avoiding a second step to separate the catalyst from the product. Evonik will further develop the technology in a 4-year, $23 million European Union project before applying it commercially.

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