472620 Renewable N-Containing Chemicals Production By Ammonization of Biomass Derived Lipid over Heterogeneous Catalyst
We are investigating the reaction of fatty acids with ammonia in the vapor phase and presence of a heterogeneous solid catalyst bed. The feed is continuously introduced into the reactor through an atomizer. Our previous work has shown that this approach allows the introduction of micron-sized droplets of feed that are rapidly vaporized inside the reactor. The fatty acid vapors can then easily react with NH3 in the presence of metal oxide catalysts to produce fatty amide as intermediate products. Subsequently, the fatty amide dehydrates and produces fatty nitrile. We will present the effect of reaction temperature, vapor residence time and catalyst on conversion, yield and selectivity of nitriles formation.
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