Mechanisms in Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Epoxidation Catalysis
- S. Ted Oyama, Fred W. Bull Professor of Chemical Engineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, USA
The catalytic epoxidation of olefins plays an important role in the industrial production of several commodity compounds, as well as in the synthesis of many intermediates, fine chemicals, and pharmaceuticals. The scale of production ranges from millions of tons per year to a few grams per year. The diversity of catalysts is large and encompasses all the known categories of catalyst type: homogeneous, heterogeneous, and biological. This book summarizes the current status in these fields concentrating on rates, kinetics, and reaction mechanisms, but also covers broad topics including modeling, computational simulation, process concepts, spectroscopy and new catalyst development. The similarities and distinctions between the different reaction systems are compared, and the latest advances are described.
Researchers, scientists, engineers and practitioners who are working in the relevant field of epoxidation; Practitioners involved in policy making, technical development and management or marketing; Undergraduate and graduate students.