The nitric acid oxidation of 2-octanol. A model reaction for multiple heterogeneous liquid-liquid reactions

B.A.A. van Woezik, K.R. Westerterp

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    The oxidation of 2-octanol with nitric acid has been selected as a model reaction for a heterogeneous liquid–liquid reaction with an undesired side reaction. 2-Octanol is first oxidized to 2-octanone, which can be further oxidized to carboxylic acids. An extensive experimental program has been followed using heat flow calorimetry supported by chemical analysis. A series of oxidation experiments has been carried out to study the influence of different initial and operating conditions such as temperature, stirring speed and feed rate. In parallel a semi-empirical model has been developed to describe the conversion rates.
    Original languageUndefined
    Pages (from-to)521-537
    Number of pages17
    JournalChemical engineering and processing : process intensification
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 2000


    • METIS-106094
    • IR-74312
    • Nitric acid oxidations
    • Slow liquid–liquid reaction
    • Hammett's acidity function
    • Complex kinetics

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