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Metal Oxide Catalyst for Methacrylic Acid Preparation via One-Step Oxidation of…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
56752
Program Year/Program:
2002 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
70261B02-I
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Evernu Technology, Llc
306 Camars Drive Warminster, PA 18974-3874
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: Metal Oxide Catalyst for Methacrylic Acid Preparation via One-Step Oxidation of Isobutane
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-02ER83420
Award Amount: $99,988.00
 

Abstract:

70261 Methacrylic acid (MAA) and its ester derivatives are important building blocks for many large volume polymers and resins. By 1999, the U.S. annual production of the single methyl ester derivative, methyl methacrylate, reached 1.7 billion pounds. The current commercial route for making MAA and its ester derivatives is the acetone cyanohydrin route, a multiple-step preparation that utilizes expensive starting materials, consumes lots of energy, and produces toxic and corrosive waste streams. This project will develop a cost saving, energy saving, and environmental friendly catalytic process to make MAA in one step. The process will use air as an oxidant from isobutane, a component of natural gas liquids. Phase I will prepare various catalysts of the WaMobVcXdYeOn composition (X and Y are modifiers for isobutane activation and methacrylic acid selectivity), study the preparation-structure-performance relationship, and optimize for the most active catalysts for the conversion of isobutene to methacrylic acid. Ultimately, a 50% isobutene conversion with a 50% MAA selectivity is sought by the end of Phase II. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The production of MAA or its methyl ester directly from isobutene should provide economic benefits by replacing acetone with isobutane at a third of the feedstock cost. Energy savings would be achieved by replacing multi-step processes with a single step process and environmental benefits would be achieved by replacing corrosive/toxic pollutant generating steps with a single environmentally friendly step.

Principal Investigator:

Manhua M. Lin
2156498574
mmandylin@netzero.net

Business Contact:

Manhua M. Lin
70261
2156498574
mmandylin@netzero.net
Small Business Information at Submission:

Evernu Technology, Llc
1616 Holly Lane Suite 108 Maple Glen, PA 19002

EIN/Tax ID: 233047011
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No