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Transfer of the Epoxidation of Soybean Oil from Batch to Flow Chemistry Guided by Cost and Environmental Issues

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  • Dr. Dana Kralisch,

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    1. Institute of Technical Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Lessingstr. 12, 07743 Jena (Germany), Fax: (+49) 3641 948457
    • Institute of Technical Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Lessingstr. 12, 07743 Jena (Germany), Fax: (+49) 3641 948457
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  • Ina Streckmann,

    1. Institute of Technical Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Lessingstr. 12, 07743 Jena (Germany), Fax: (+49) 3641 948457
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  • Dr. Denise Ott,

    1. Institute of Technical Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Lessingstr. 12, 07743 Jena (Germany), Fax: (+49) 3641 948457
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  • Ulich Krtschil,

    1. Institut für Mikrotechnik Mainz GmbH, Carl-Zeiss-Str. 18–20, 55129 Mainz (Germany)
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  • Prof. Dr. Elio Santacesaria,

    1. University of Naples “Federico II”, Department of Chemistry, Complesso Universitario Monte S. Angelo, Via Cintia 4, 80126 Naples (Italy)
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  • Prof. Dr. Martino Di Serio,

    1. University of Naples “Federico II”, Department of Chemistry, Complesso Universitario Monte S. Angelo, Via Cintia 4, 80126 Naples (Italy)
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  • Vincenzo Russo,

    1. University of Naples “Federico II”, Department of Chemistry, Complesso Universitario Monte S. Angelo, Via Cintia 4, 80126 Naples (Italy)
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  • Lucrezia De Carlo,

    1. Mythen S.p.A., Zona Industriale Località, Macchia, 75013 Ferrandina (Italy)
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  • Dr. Walter Linhart,

    1. Microinnova Engineering GmbH, Reininghausstrasse 13a, 8020 Graz (Austria)
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  • Engelbert Christian,

    1. Microinnova Engineering GmbH, Reininghausstrasse 13a, 8020 Graz (Austria)
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  • Bruno Cortese,

    1. Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven (The Netherlands)
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  • Dr. Mart H. J. M. de Croon,

    1. Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven (The Netherlands)
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  • Prof. Dr. Volker Hessel

    1. Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven (The Netherlands)
    2. Technical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry and Center of Excellence ‘Smart Interfaces', Technische Universität Darmstadt, Petersenstr. 32, 64287 Darmstadt (Germany)
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Abstract

The simple transfer of established chemical production processes from batch to flow chemistry does not automatically result in more sustainable ones. Detailed process understanding and the motivation to scrutinize known process conditions are necessary factors for success. Although the focus is usually “only” on intensifying transport phenomena to operate under intrinsic kinetics, there is also a large intensification potential in chemistry under harsh conditions and in the specific design of flow processes. Such an understanding and proposed processes are required at an early stage of process design because decisions on the best-suited tools and parameters required to convert green engineering concepts into practice—typically with little chance of substantial changes later—are made during this period. Herein, we present a holistic and interdisciplinary process design approach that combines the concept of novel process windows with process modeling, simulation, and simplified cost and lifecycle assessment for the deliberate development of a cost-competitive and environmentally sustainable alternative to an existing production process for epoxidized soybean oil.

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