Issue 19 (2015)

Comparative studies of monolithic continuous-flow microreactors and packed bed reactors in the esterification reaction

Authors: Katarzyna Maresz, Agnieszka Koreniuk, Janusz J. Malinowski, Julita Mrowiec-Białoń

Keywords: Monolithic microreactors, continuous-flow process, esterification

Abstract: Continuous-flow silica monolithic microreactors functionalized with acidic centers were obtained. The monoliths exhibited different structural parameters; in particular the size of flow-through macropores. The performance of microreactors and packed bed reactors with Amberlyst 15 and silica gel with acidic centers was compared in esterification of acetic acid with butanol.