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Technology Profile: Isopropyl Alcohol Production from Acetone

By Intratec Solutions |

This column is based on “Isopropyl Alcohol Production from Acetone – Cost Analysis,” a report published by Intratec. It can be found at: www.intratec.us/analysis/isopropyl-alcohol-production-cost. Isopropyl alcohol (isopropanol or 2-propanol) is a colorless and flammable liquid with a strong odor. Isopropyl alcohol was among the first petrochemical products to be industrially manufactured — it has been produced since 1920. At that time, isopropanol was generated through the indirect hydration of propylene, a process that uses sulfuric acid to react with propylene and generate a compound that will react with water to produce isopropanol. Today, isopropanol is one of the most produced C1 to C5 alcohols, ranking third in commercial production, behind methanol and ethanol. The main industrial applications of isopropyl alcohol are as a chemical intermediate and as a solvent in the manufacturing of cements, primers, paints, varnishes, skin cleaners, perfumes, lotions, shampoos and deodorants. It is also used as a disinfectant and antiseptic. The process The present analysis discusses an industrial process for isopropanol production. The process under analysis comprises two main sections: (1) reaction; and (2) purification (Figure…
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