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Método catalítico de alta eficiencia para la síntesis de mesitileno a partir de acetona en una sola fase

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TOES20190913002
Publicado:
25/09/2019
Caducidad:
25/09/2020
Resumen:
Un grupo de investigación de una universidad española ha solicitado la patente de un método catalítico para la síntesis de mesitileno (1,3,5-trimetilbenceno) a partir de acetona mediante reacciones de condensación-deshidrociclado. Este método competitivo presenta una gran selectividad y es medioambientalmente sostenible. El interés en la producción de mesitileno se debe a sus numerosas aplicaciones en diferentes industrias, como química, farmacéutica y energética, ya que se utiliza para producir muchos otros productos químicos, como antioxidantes, estabilizadores térmicos para plástico, goma, adhesivos y ceras, reguladores del crecimiento de plantas, etc. El método consiste en el uso de un catalizador formado por una mezcla de dos materiales sólidos con diferente funcionalidad catalítica: el primero es un material con propiedades básicas y el segundo sólido consiste en un material con propiedades ácidas. La universidad busca compañías de las industrias química, farmacéutica y energética con el fin de desarrollar aplicaciones de la invención en el marco de un acuerdo de licencia.

Details

Tittle:
High efficiency catalytic method for the synthesis of mesitylene from acetone in a single stage
Summary:
A Spanish university research group has applied for a patent related to a catalytic method for the synthesis of mesitylene (1,3,5-trimethylbenzene) from acetone by condensation-dehydrocycling reactions. The proposed method is competitive, presents great selectivity and is environmetally sustainable. Companies in the in the chemical, pharmaceutical and energy fields are sought to develop applications of the described invention under license agreements.
Description:
The interest in the production of mesitylene is due to its multiple applications in different industrial fields, such as in the chemical, pharmaceutical and energy industry, as it is used for the production of many other chemical products, such as antioxidants, thermal stabilizers for plastics, rubber , adhesives and waxes, plant growth regulators, etc.

Due to the high interest in obtaining mesitylene, new and better catalysts are still needed for its production from acetone, since the current processes are not very selective, not sustainable and not cost competitive.

Researchers from a Spanish university working in chemical engineering have developed a method for producing mesitylene (1,3,5 trimethylbenzene) from acetone in a single stage by heterogeneous catalysis. The method comprises the use of a catalyst formed by a mixture of two solid materials with different catalytic functionality: the first one comprises a material with basic properties, while the second solid comprises a material with acidic properties.

The researchers would like to reach license agreements with companies operating in the chemical, pharmaceutical and energy fields with the aim to develop applications of the described technology.
Advantages and Innovations:
The proposed method is competitive, since the materials used (oxides and aluminosilicates) can be obtained in high volumes and are formed by common elements, unlike current processes, which use catalysts that contain unusual or precious metals. In addition, both materials (basic oxide and aluminosilicates) are found in the same catalyst bed, favoring the conversion of acetone to mesitylene to a greater extent.

The method presents great selectivity with respect to the processes reported in the literature, increasing the selectivity of the mesitylene from values of around 5% to values between 75 and 90%.

The method is environmentally sustainable. The raw material (acetone) can be economically obtained both from biomass upgrading routes (pyrolysis, ABE (Acetone-butanol-ethanol) fermentation), or as a by-product of the phenol manufacture industries.
Stage of Development:
Under development/lab tested
IPs:
Patent(s) applied for but not yet granted
CommeR Statunts Regarding IPR Status:
Patent applied for in Spain.

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
Type of partner sought: Industry.

Specific area of activity of the partner: Companies that operate in the chemical, pharmaceutical and energy industry.

Task to be performed: Development of applications of the described invention.

Client

Type and Size of Client:
University
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
No
Languages Spoken:
English
Spanish

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
03004006 Organic Substances
05001005 Petroquímica, ingeniería del petróleo
03004008 Plásticos y caucho relacionado con ingeniería y tecnología química
03004010 Special chemicals, intermediates