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Title: Methanol production method and system

Abstract

Ethanol is selectively produced from the reaction of methanol with carbon monoxide and hydrogen in the presence of a transition metal carbonyl catalyst. Methanol serves as a solvent and may be accompanied by a less volatile co-solvent. The solution includes the transition metal carbonyl catalysts and a basic metal salt such as an alkali metal or alkaline earth metal formate, carbonate or bicarbonate. A gas containing a high carbon monoxide to hydrogen ratio, as is present in a typical gasifer product, is contacted with the solution for the preferential production of ethanol with minimal water as a byproduct. Fractionation of the reaction solution provides substantially pure ethanol product and allows return of the catalysts for reuse.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. (Darien, IL)
  2. (Bolingbrook, IL)
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), Argonne, IL
OSTI Identifier:
865195
Patent Number(s):
4476334
Assignee:
United States Department of Energy (Washington, DC) ANL
DOE Contract Number:  
W-31109-ENG-38
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
methanol; production; method; ethanol; selectively; produced; reaction; carbon; monoxide; hydrogen; presence; transition; metal; carbonyl; catalyst; serves; solvent; accompanied; volatile; co-solvent; solution; catalysts; basic; salt; alkali; alkaline; earth; formate; carbonate; bicarbonate; gas; containing; ratio; typical; gasifer; product; contacted; preferential; minimal; water; byproduct; fractionation; provides; substantially; pure; allows; return; reuse; ethanol production; gas containing; substantially pure; carbon monoxide; alkali metal; alkaline earth; transition metal; metal salt; earth metal; metal carbonyl; methanol production; provides substantially; provides substantial; metal formate; solution provides; basic metal; metal carbon; carbonyl catalyst; hydrogen ratio; preferential production; production method; /999/502/

Citation Formats

Chen, Michael J., and Rathke, Jerome W. Methanol production method and system. United States: N. p., 1984. Web.
Chen, Michael J., & Rathke, Jerome W. Methanol production method and system. United States.
Chen, Michael J., and Rathke, Jerome W. Sun . "Methanol production method and system". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/865195.
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title = {Methanol production method and system},
author = {Chen, Michael J. and Rathke, Jerome W.},
abstractNote = {Ethanol is selectively produced from the reaction of methanol with carbon monoxide and hydrogen in the presence of a transition metal carbonyl catalyst. Methanol serves as a solvent and may be accompanied by a less volatile co-solvent. The solution includes the transition metal carbonyl catalysts and a basic metal salt such as an alkali metal or alkaline earth metal formate, carbonate or bicarbonate. A gas containing a high carbon monoxide to hydrogen ratio, as is present in a typical gasifer product, is contacted with the solution for the preferential production of ethanol with minimal water as a byproduct. Fractionation of the reaction solution provides substantially pure ethanol product and allows return of the catalysts for reuse.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1984},
month = {1}
}

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