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Title: Challenges in Catalytic Manufacture of Renewable Pyrrolidinones from Fermentation Derived Succinate

Fermentation derived succinic acid ammonium salt is an ideal precursor for manufacture of renewable N-methyl pyrrolidinone (NMP) or 2-pyrrolidinone (2P) via heterogeneous catalysis. However, there are many challenges to making this a practical reality. Chief among the challenges is avoiding catalyst poisoning by fermentation by- and co-products. Battelle / Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have developed an economically effective technology strategy for this purpose. The technology is a combination of purely thermal processing, followed by simple catalytic hydrogenation that together avoids catalyst poisoning from fermentation impurities and provides high selectivity and yields of NMP or 2P.
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Journal Name: Topics in Catalysis, 57(17):1325-1334
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (US)
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United States
SUCCINIC ACID; CATALYSTS; HYDROGENATION; METHANOL Succinic Acid; Ammonium succinate; catalyst; hydrogenation; succinimide; N-methal succimide; N-methyl-2-pyrrolidinone; NMS; NMP; 2-pyrrolidinone; 2P; Methanol; Renewable resources