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Valorisation of CO2 with epoxides: Influence of gas/liquid mass transfer on reaction kinetics

Abstract : The influence of gas/liquid mass transfer on the valorisation reaction of CO2 with epoxides using epichlorohydrin in a stirred batch reactor was investigated in this study. The absorption rate of CO2 into the liquid was studied in a dynamic way between 50°C to 90°C and at different stirring speeds (100 - 500 rpm). Two different systems were observed (i) CO2/epichlorohydrin and (ii) CO2/epichlorohydrin/catalyst, in order to compare and determine the mass transfer coefficient and the enhancement of the absorption when the latter takes place in presence of a catalyst. The results suggest that the cycloaddition reaction followed a slow reaction regime in which no reaction occurred in the mass transfer film but instead, took place within the liquid bulk. Therefore, the reaction rate seemed to control the overall process, but according to the specific reaction regime found, both liquid hold up and interfacial area should be enhanced to increase the rate of the reaction and the efficiency of the process. At the conditions studied in this work, the mass transfer coefficient of the liquid phase (kLa) was found to be in the range 1.0×10-3–1.0×10-2 s-1 and the enhancement factor (E) between 0.4 – 0.9.
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Alain Ledoux, Lionel Estel, Viviana Contreras Moreno. Valorisation of CO2 with epoxides: Influence of gas/liquid mass transfer on reaction kinetics. 13th International Conference on Gas–Liquid and Gas–Liquid–Solid Reactor Engineering (GLS-13), Aug 2017, Bruxelles, Belgium. ⟨hal-02389156⟩



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