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Research Article

Year : 2019 | Volume: 3 | Issue: 4 | Pages: 1-6

A Single Step Low Cost Production of Cyclohexanone from Phenol Hydrogenation

Venkataraman Vishwanathan1*, James Matshwele2

doi:10.24951/sreyasijst.org/2019041001

Corresponding author

Venkataraman Vishwanathan*

Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Botho University, P O Box-501 564, Gaborone, Botswana

  • 1. Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Botho University, P O Box-501 564, Gaborone, Botswana

Received on: 1/6/2019

Revised on: 1/6/2019

Accepted on: 1/6/2019

Published on: 1/6/2019

Abstract

The vapour phase catalytic hydrogenation of phenol to cyclohexanone is an important industrial reaction to produce the two intermediates, caprolactam and adipic acid. These two monomers are mainly used to manufacture Nylon-6 and Nylon-6,6 respectively. This presentation illustrates a novel approach of using a single step process to produce cyclohexanone as an emerging new technology against the traditional two-step process. It also details the current status of cyclohexanone in the world market, the design and development of newer catalytic materialsbeing used in the production of cyclohexanone and its operational system.

Keywords

Cyclohexanone, Nylon-6, fixed-bed reactor, Distillation, .