Clean production of methyl ethyl ketone (MEK)
Keywords:Ammoximation, methyl ethyl ketone oxime, TS-1, catalysts
Methyl ethyl ketone oxime (MEKO) was obtained by reaction of methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) with ammonia and hydrogen peroxide using titanium silicalite-1 (TS-1) as catalyst. The effect of reaction temperature, type of solvent, molar ratios of NH3/MEK, H2O2/ MEK and mg catalyst/mmol MEK ratio was studied. Water was the most appropriate solvent to obtain high selectivity to oxime. 100% selectivity to MEKO and 60% conversion of MEK was obtained at 70 °C using the following parameters: H2O2/MEK = 0,7 and NH3/MEK = 1,12. mg.catalyst/mmol MEK = 10,5. Little decrease in the catalytic activity was observed after reusing the catalysts twice suggesting that incorporated Ti in the MFI structure is rather stable under the studied conditions.
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