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Project TitleMetal-Free Catalytic Production of Adipic Acid From Biomass-Derived Tetrahydrofuran-2,5-Dicarboxylic Acid
Track Code2017-047
Short Description

TECHNOLOGY DESCRIPTION:

A green, Adipic Acid production process has been developed that uses no precious metal catalysts. The method allows the use of biomass derived precursors, and proceeds via selective ring opening, following hydrogenolysis. This method results in a higher yield and fewer undesirable by‐products.

STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT:

This technology is currently being optimized and is ready for pilot‐scale testing that would lead to full commercialization.

PROBLEMS ADDRESSED:

Adipic Acid is an important precursor in the production of Nylon. Current Adipic Acid production consists of sequential hydrogenation of benzene which can give yields lower than desirable, and may lead to undesirable contaminants. However, with the current boom in clean energy and green technology, green production of Adipic Acid has gained increasing importance. Researchers at the University of Delaware have developed an alternative method of Adipic Acid production without the use of standard metal catalyst.

AbstractNone
 
Tagsadipic acid, production, green
 
Posted DateAug 1, 2017 8:28 AM

Researcher

Name
Bingjun Xu

Manager

Name
William Johnson

Benefits

  • High yield of 90%
  • Biomass derived feedstock
  • Inexpensive reusable processing components
  • Potentially fewer undesirable by‐products

Uses/Users

Inquiry

Denise Bierlein

Licensing Analyst

Telephone:  302-831-4005

Email:  techtransfer@udel.edu

Intellectual Property

Patent Number Issue Date Type Country of Filing
Patent Pending None Provisional United States
Patent Pending None Provisional United States
None None Other Patent None