Two-phase (bio)catalytic reactions in a table-top centrifugal contact separator

G.N. Kraai, F. Zwol, van, B. Schuur, H.J. Heeres, J.G. Vries, de

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A new spin on catalysis: A table-top centrifugal contact separator allows for fast continuous two-phase reactions to be performed by intimately mixing two immiscible phases and then separating them. Such a device has been used to produce biodiesel from sunflower oil and MeOH/NaOMe. A lipase-catalyzed esterification of oleic acid with nBuOH (see picture) also proceeds with high conversion and can be run for up to 13 h.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3905-3908
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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    Kraai, G. N., Zwol, van, F., Schuur, B., Heeres, H. J., & Vries, de, J. G. (2008). Two-phase (bio)catalytic reactions in a table-top centrifugal contact separator. Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 47(21), 3905-3908.