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Sustainable Industrial Chemistry: Principles, Tools and Industrial Examples

ISBN: 978-3-527-31552-9
621 pages
November 2009
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In recent years the need for sustainable process design and alternative reaction routes to reduce industry?s impact on the environment has gained vital importance. The book begins with a general overview of new trends in designing industrial chemical processes which are environmentally friendly and economically feasible. Specific examples written by experts from industry cover the possibilities of running industrial chemical processes in a sustainable manner and provide an up-to-date insight into the main concerns, e.g., the use of renewable raw materials, the use of alternative energy sources in chemical processes, the design of intrinsically safe processes, microreactor and integrated reaction/ separation technologies, process intensification, waste reduction, new catalytic routes and/or solvent and process optimization.
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Table of Contents


List of Contributors.

1 From Green to Sustainable Industrial Chemistry (Gabriele Centi and Siglinda Perathoner).

2 Methods and Tools of Sustainable Industrial Chemistry: Catalysis (Gabriele Centi and Siglinda Perathoner).

3 Methods and Tools of Sustainable Industrial Chemistry: Process Intensification (Gabriele Centi and Siglinda Perathoner).

4 Membrane Technologies at the Service of Sustainable Development Through Process Intensification (Gilbert M. Rios, Marie-Pierre Belleville, Delphine Paolucci-Jeanjean, and José Sanchez).

5 Accounting for Chemical Sustainability (Gabriele Centi and Siglinda Perathoner).

6 Synthesis of Propene Oxide: A Successful Example of Sustainable Industrial Chemistry (Fabrizio Cavani and Anne M. Gaffney).

7 Synthesis of Adipic Acid: On the Way to More Sustainable Production (Fabrizio Cavani and Stefano Alini).

8 Ecofining: New Process for Green Diesel Production from Vegetable Oil (Franco Baldiraghi, Marco Di Stanislao, Giovanni Faraci, Carlo Perego, Terry Marker, Chris Gosling, Peter Kokayeff, Tom Kalnes, and Rich Marinangeli).

9 A New Process for the Production of Biodiesel by Transesterification of Vegetable Oils with Heterogeneous Catalysis (Edouard Freund).

10 Highly Sour Gas Processing in a More Sustainable World (François Lallemand and Ari Minkkinen).

11 BioETBE: A New Component for Gasoline (Marco Di Girolamo and Domenico Sanfilippo).

12 Olefin/Paraffin Alkylation: Evolution of a "Green" Technology (Anne M. Gaffney and Philip J. Angevine).

13 Towards the Direct Oxidation of Benzene to Phenol (Marco Ricci, Daniele Bianchi, and Rossella Bortolo).

14 Friedel-Crafts Acylation of Aromatic Ethers Using Zeolites (Roland Jacquot and Philippe Marion).

15 Green Sustainable Chemistry in the Production of Nicotinates (Roderick Chuck).

16 Introducing Green Metrics Early in Process Development. Comparative Assessment of Alternative Industrial Routes to Elliott's Alcohol, A Key Intermediate in the Production of Resmethrins (Paolo Righi, Goffredo Rosini, and Valerio Borzatta).

17 Basell Spherizone Technology (Maurizio Dorini and Gabriele Mei).


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Author Information

Professor Fabrizio Cavani received his PhD in Industrial Chemistry from the University of Bologna in 1986. From 1986 to 1990 he worked at the Catalysis Centre of EniChem, where he investigated new catalysts for the oxychlorination of ethylene and for the Alkylation of benzene with propene, and gave technical assistance to the catalysts production division. In 1990 he joined the Catalytic Processes Development team at the University of Bologna becoming Associate Professor of Industrial Chemistry there in 2000. Hee is author of over 200 journal articles, 25 patents, two books on catalytic selective oxidation and one book on the development and management of chemical processes and is the editor of 4 special journal issues. he is on the board of the Italian Platform for Sustainable Chemistry.

Professor Gabriele Centi is Full Professor of Industrial Chemistry at the University of Messina and a past President of the European Federation of Catalysis Societies. He is the Coordinator of the Network of Excellence IDECAT and Co-Director of the European Laboratory for Catalysis and Surface Science and President of ERIC (European Research Institute of Catalysis). His research activities lie in the development of industrial heterogeneous catalysts for the field of sustainable chemical processes, environmental protection and clean energy. He is author of over 260 journal articles, editor and/or author of 7 books, editor of 7 special issues, chairman of several International Congresses and Editor of the Wiley-VCH journal ChemSusChem. He is also a Core Team member for the European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry.

Professor Siglinda Perathoner is Associate Professor of Industrial Chemistry at the University of Messina. After some years experience in the field of photophysics and photochemistry of supramolecular systems, she moved to the area of catalysts. In 2001 she joined the University of Messina where her most recent research interest include nanostructured zeolites, catalytic membranes, catalysts for reactions in supercritical fluids, catalysts for waste water purification and remediation, photo(electro)catalytic conversion of carbon dioxide, and fuel cells. Her aim is the design of novel catalytic materials for sustainable processes, environment protection, and cleaner energy. She is author of over 130 publications, including 15 reviews, has been co-editor of a book and two special journal issues, and has contributed to various entries in encyclopedias.

Professor Ferruccio Trifiró is Full Professor of Industrial Chemistry at the University of Bologna. Currently he is the Dean of the Faculty of Industrial Chemistry, and Director of the journal "La Chimica e L'Industria" (Chemistry and Industry). His main research activities lie in the development of heterogeneous catalysts for processes in the field of petrochemistry, environmental protection, fine chemicals and specialties production, clean energy and hydrogen production. He is a past Chairman of the World Congress of Selective Oxidation. He is author of over 300 papers in International Journals, two books on Selective Oxidation, and of 18 patents.
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