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The Aerobic Oxidation of p-Xylene to Terephthalic acid: A Classic Case of Green Chemistry in Action

Part 1. Homogeneous Catalysis

  1. Walt Partenheimer1,
  2. Martyn Poliakoff2

Published Online: 15 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9783527628698.hgc012

Handbook of Green Chemistry

Handbook of Green Chemistry

How to Cite

Partenheimer, W. and Poliakoff, M. 2010. The Aerobic Oxidation of p-Xylene to Terephthalic acid: A Classic Case of Green Chemistry in Action. Handbook of Green Chemistry. 1:12:375–397.

Author Information

  1. 1

    E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., Inc., Central Research and Development, Wilmington, DE, USA

  2. 2

    University of Nottingham, School of Chemistry University Park, Nottingham, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2010

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Abstract

The sections in this article are

  • Introduction
  • Methods of Making Terephthalic Acid Using Stoichiometric Reagents
  • Methods for Preparing Terephthalic Acid Using Cobalt Acetate and Dioxygen in Acetic Acid
  • Adding Bromide to Improve Terephthalic Acid Production Using Cobalt and Manganese Acetates in Acetic Acid
  • Potential Processes Using Water as a Solvent
  • Summary and Final Comments

Keywords:

  • aerobic oxidation;
  • p-xylene;
  • terephthalic acid;
  • homogeneous catalysis;
  • green chemistry