Effect of C6-olefin isomers on π-complexation for purification of 1-hexene by reactive extractive distillation


Wentink, A.E. and Kockmann, D. and Kuipers, N.J.M. and Haan, A.B. de and Scholz, J. and Mulder, H. (2002) Effect of C6-olefin isomers on π-complexation for purification of 1-hexene by reactive extractive distillation. Separation and Purification Technology, 43 (2). pp. 149-162. ISSN 1383-5866

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Abstract:Separation of α-olefins from other olefin isomers is a difficult and expensive operation because of the low selectivities encountered. A promising alternative is π-complexation in combination with extractive distillation: reactive extractive distillation (RED). In this paper, silver nitrate dissolved in ethylene glycol is investigated as a potential reactive solvent for the separation of 1-hexene from a stream containing cis/trans-2-hexene, 1-methylcyclopentene, 2-methyl-1-pentene and 1,5-hexadiene typical for a Fischer–Tropsch stream. The solubility of 1,5-hexadiene is increased the most, but of the tested mono-olefins, 1-hexene has the highest increase. The results indicate that all olefins form 1:1 (silver:olefin) complexes. In addition, 1-hexene also produces 1:2 complexes and 1,5-hexadiene 2:1 complexes. The differences in complexation ability are the consequence of steric hindrance and mainly alter the entropy change of complexation. The 1:1 complexes with mono-olefins therefore exhibit an equal change in enthalpy of complexation (15.6 kJ/mol). The obtained selectivities for 1-hexene compared to the tested C6-olefin isomers are: 4.94 (trans-2-hexene), 1.8 (2-methyl-1-pentene), 1.29 (cis-2-hexene), 0.9 for 1-methylcyclopentene and 0.37 (1,5-hexadiene). Although technically feasible, it turned out that the developed solvent is industrially not applicable to separate 1-hexene from most of the isomers due to the too low solubility of 1-hexene in the reactive solvent and consequently the too high solvent-to-feed ratio's needed.
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Official URL:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.seppur.2004.10.015
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