Isopropyl alcohol

Isopropyl alcohol (propanol-2, 2-propanol, isopropanol, dimethylcarbinol, IPA) is an elementary secondary monatomic alcohol of the aliphatic series. It is widely used as a technical alcohol (in glass and office equipment cleaning agents, etc.), as an industrial solvent (it dissolves many ether oils, alkaloids, some synthetic resins and others) and is used in the synthesis of isopropyl benzene, isopropyl toluene and acetone.

The key industrial method for obtaining isopropanol is sulphuric acid hydration of propylene.

The propane-propylene fraction with a 30-90% propylene content (fraction of pyrolysis and cracking of oil) and pure propylene are both used as a raw material.

ZAVKOM, together with its partners, has developed an innovative technology for the synthesis of isopropyl alcohol from acetone. A special catalyst was developed for this technology with the optimum engineering conditions to optimise the costs.

Advantages of the proposed technology:

  • Degree of conversion – 100%.
  • Process selectivity – 98%
  • The synthesis takes places in a medium of hydrogen in a tube reactor
  • Softer process conditions (the pressure in the process is 70% lower) compared with older technologies.
  • The reaction produces no byproducts (polymers).



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