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SME Specific MeasuresCompetitive and Sustainable Growth

Exploratory Award

Proposal number EXAW-1999-00918

AcronymSUPERSYN

Proposal titleContinuous clean production of fine chemicals in supercritical carbon dioxide

AbstractSupercritical CO2 is an attractive medium for the cleaner synthesis of fine chemicals,

offering the possibility of process intensification, increased selectivity and reduced

environmtental impact. Recent research has demonstrated that continuous supercritical

reactors can have distinct advantages for hydrogenation and other reactions, However,

there is relatively little fundamental understanding of why these reactors are so effective.

The project will therefore undertake investigations of phase behaviour, measurement of

reaction kinetics and modelling at laboratory scale, and then proceed to develop scale up

rules for industrial reactors. The Friedel-Crafts reaction will serve as a first demonstration

of the knowhow gained, but a wider range of reactions will also be studied, including

etherification and dehydrogenation. The prime proposer is Thomas Swan & Co, a UK

SME: chemicals manufacturer with an interest in exploiting supercritical fluids as reaction

solvents.

Key ActionGROW-1.   Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date6/07/2000End date6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 projectRTD Project (Collaborative Research)Duration Exploratory Phase5 months

SME CoordinatorDr Stephen ROSSCompany sizeS4

THOMAS SWAN & CO LTD

Crookhall

DH8 7ND - Consett

United Kingdom

Phone: 441207505131

Fax: 441207590467

Email: skross@macline.co.uk

SME Proposer(s)

NWA GMBHGermanyS2

Last update18/6/2001

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