Two-Step Reactive Distillation Process for Cyclohexanol Production from Cyclohexene

Journal article

Publication Details

Author(s): Katariya A, Freund H, Sundmacher K
Journal: Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
Publisher: ACS American Chemical Society
Publication year: 2009
Volume: 48
Journal issue: 21
Pages range: 9534-9545
ISSN: 0888-5885


The present work deals with a novel and attractive alternative process route for the production of cyclohexanol by indirect hydration of cyclohexene using reactive distillation. The proposed two-step process comprises the esterification of cyclohexene with formic acid followed by the hydrolysis of the formed ester. The principle feasibility of this new process has recently been proved by means of residue curve analysis [Steyer et al. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res 2008, 47, 9581-9587]. In the present contribution, detailed equilibrium stage simulations are performed to identify the optimum design and operating conditions for the coupled reactive distillation column scheme. The simulations reveal that it is possible to achieve almost complete conversion of cyclohexene to cyclohexanol with a comparatively low amount of catalyst. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that Such all outstanding performance of a process for the production of cyclohexanol is reported

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Freund, Hannsjörg Prof. Dr.
Professur für Katalytische Reaktoren und Prozesstechnik

External institutions
Max-Planck-Institut für Dynamik komplexer technischer Systeme / Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems

How to cite

Katariya, A., Freund, H., & Sundmacher, K. (2009). Two-Step Reactive Distillation Process for Cyclohexanol Production from Cyclohexene. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 48(21), 9534-9545.

Katariya, Amit, Hannsjörg Freund, and Kai Sundmacher. "Two-Step Reactive Distillation Process for Cyclohexanol Production from Cyclohexene." Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 48.21 (2009): 9534-9545.


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