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The Production of Vinyl Acetate Monomer as a Co-Product from the Non-Catalytic Cracking of Soybean Oil

Department of Chemical Engineering, University of North Dakota, 241 Centennial Dr., Stop 7101 Grand Forks, ND 58202-7101, USA
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Processes 2015, 3(3), 619-633; https://doi.org/10.3390/pr3030619
Received: 30 June 2015 / Accepted: 7 August 2015 / Published: 14 August 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Products and Processes)
Valuable chemical by-products can increase the economic viability of renewable transportation fuel facilities while increasing the sustainability of the chemical and associated industries. A study was performed to demonstrate that commercial quality chemical products could be produced using the non-catalytic cracking of crop oils. Using this decomposition technique generates a significant concentration of C2−C10 fatty acids which can be isolated and purified as saleable co-products along with transportation fuels. A process scheme was developed and replicated in the laboratory to demonstrate this capability. Using this scheme, an acetic acid by-product was isolated and purified then reacted with ethylene derived from renewable ethanol to generate a sample of vinyl acetate monomer. This sample was assessed by a major chemical company and found to be of acceptable quality for commercial production of polyvinyl acetate and other products. View Full-Text
Keywords: vinyl acetate monomer; fatty acids; crop oil; renewable chemicals; noncatalytic cracking vinyl acetate monomer; fatty acids; crop oil; renewable chemicals; noncatalytic cracking
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Jones, B.; Linnen, M.; Tande, B.; Seames, W. The Production of Vinyl Acetate Monomer as a Co-Product from the Non-Catalytic Cracking of Soybean Oil. Processes 2015, 3, 619-633. https://doi.org/10.3390/pr3030619

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Jones B, Linnen M, Tande B, Seames W. The Production of Vinyl Acetate Monomer as a Co-Product from the Non-Catalytic Cracking of Soybean Oil. Processes. 2015; 3(3):619-633. https://doi.org/10.3390/pr3030619

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Jones, Benjamin, Michael Linnen, Brian Tande, and Wayne Seames. 2015. "The Production of Vinyl Acetate Monomer as a Co-Product from the Non-Catalytic Cracking of Soybean Oil" Processes 3, no. 3: 619-633. https://doi.org/10.3390/pr3030619

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