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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