Kinetic Study of Esterification of Acetic Acid with n-butanol and isobutanol Catalyzed by Ion Exchange Resin

*Amrit Pal Toor  -  University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India
Mamta Sharma  -  University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India
Ghanshyam Kumar  -  University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India
Ravinder Kumar Wanchoo  -  University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India
Received: 16 Dec 2010; Published: 16 May 2011.
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Esters are an important pharmaceutical intermediates and very useful perfumery agents. In this study the esterification of acetic acid with n-butanol and iso-butanol over an acidic cation exchange resin, Amberlyst 15 were carried out. The effects of certain parameters such as temperature, catalyst loading, initial molar ratio between reactants on the rate of reaction were studied. The experiments were conducted in a stirred batch reactor in the temperature range of 351.15 K to 366.15K.Variation of parameters on rate of reaction demonstrated that the reaction was intrinsically controlled.The activation energy for the esterification of acetic acid with n-butanol and iso butanol is found to be 28.45 k J/mol and 23.29 kJ/mol respectively. ©2011 BCREC UNDIP. All rights reserved.

(Received: 16th December 2010, Revised: 19th March 2011; Accepted: 7th April 2011)

[How to Cite: A.P. Toor, M. Sharma, G. Kumar, and R. K. Wanchoo. (2011). Kinetic Study of Esterification of Acetic Acid with n-butanol and isobutanol Catalyzed by Ion Exchange Resin. Bulletin of Chemical Reaction Engineering and Catalysis, 6(1): 23-30. doi:10.9767/bcrec.6.1.665.23-30]

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Keywords: Heterogeneous catalysis; Esterification; acetic acid: Ion exchange resin; Amberlyst 15;

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