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Continuous process for the epoxidation of terpenes using mesoscale oscillatory baffled reactors

Lookup NU author(s): Abdul Rehman, Ana Fernandez, Dr Valentine Eze, Professor Adam Harvey


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© 2022 Elsevier B.V.Continuous epoxidation of terpenes with H2O2 was carried out using mesoscale oscillatory baffled reactors (meso-OBRs) in a solvent-free environment. The performance of the new 3D-printed single, tri- and multi-orifice baffles was compared with helical and integral baffles. The performance investigated includes mixing intensity, induction period, steady-state attainment, and heat removal capability of the meso-OBR. Moreover, passive isothermalisation was also investigated using meso-OBR in a heat pipe assembly. The tri- and multi-orifice baffles were able to overcome mixing limitations and achieved a comparable rate of reaction to batch at mixing conditions of Reo > 850 and Reo > 500, respectively. Both baffles exhibited rapid steady-state attainment, shorter induction period (t = 1.5τ) and better reproducibility with product variation of ∼1.3%. The meso-OBR designs demonstrated effective heat transfer capability, allowing the reaction to being operated isothermally with ±1 °C temperature variation in solvent-free conditions. This removes the need for a solvent, thus reducing reaction volume by a 5-fold. The timescale for the reaction was reduced from ∼8 h in a conventional process to 30 min in the multi-orifice meso-OBR, a 16-fold reduction. A better process has been developed for a continuous epoxidation of terpenes with H2O2 using multi-orifice meso-OBRs, with a potential intensification factor of ∼80.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Resul MFMG, Rehman A, Fernandez AML, Eze VC, Harvey AP

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Chemical Engineering and Processing - Process Intensification

Year: 2022

Volume: 177

Print publication date: 01/07/2022

Online publication date: 29/05/2022

Acceptance date: 27/05/2022

ISSN (print): 0255-2701

Publisher: Elsevier B.V.


DOI: 10.1016/j.cep.2022.108998


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