High efficiency catalytic method for the synthesis of mesitylene from acetone in a single stage

OFFER from Spain, reference: TOES20190913002, valid from 13-09-2019 untill 25-09-2020

Technology
  • Title:
    High efficiency catalytic method for the synthesis of mesitylene from acetone in a single stage
  • Start date:
    13 september 2019
  • End date:
    25 september 2020
  • Summary:
    A Spanish university research group has applied for a patent related to a catalytic method for the synthesis of mesitylene (1,3,5-trimethylbenzene) from acetone by condensation-dehydrocycling reactions. The proposed method is competitive, presents great selectivity and is environmetally sustainable. Companies in the in the chemical, pharmaceutical and energy fields are sought to develop applications of the described invention under license agreements.
  • Description:
    The interest in the production of mesitylene is due to its multiple applications in different industrial fields, such as in the chemical, pharmaceutical and energy industry, as it is used for the production of many other chemical products, such as antioxidants, thermal stabilizers for plastics, rubber , adhesives and waxes, plant growth regulators, etc.

    Due to the high interest in obtaining mesitylene, new and better catalysts are still needed for its production from acetone, since the current processes are not very selective, not sustainable and not cost competitive.

    Researchers from a Spanish university working in chemical engineering have developed a method for producing mesitylene (1,3,5 trimethylbenzene) from acetone in a single stage by heterogeneous catalysis. The method comprises the use of a catalyst formed by a mixture of two solid materials with different catalytic functionality: the first one comprises a material with basic properties, while the second solid comprises a material with acidic properties.

    The researchers would like to reach license agreements with companies operating in the chemical, pharmaceutical and energy fields with the aim to develop applications of the described technology.
Partner Sought
  • Type of Partnership Considered:
    License agreement
  • Technical Specification or Expertise Sought:

    Type of partner sought: Industry.

    Specific area of activity of the partner: Companies that operate in the chemical, pharmaceutical and energy industry.

    Task to be performed: Development of applications of the described invention.

    SME 11-50,SME <10,>500 MNE,251-500,SME 51-250,>500

Organisation
  • Development stage:
    Under development/lab tested
  • IPR Status:
    Patent(s) applied for but not yet granted
  • Market keywords:
    Chemicals and materials
    Industrial chemicals
    Other chemicals and materials (not elsewhere classified)
  • Technology keywords:
    Organic Substances
    Plastics and Rubber related to Chemical Technology
    Special chemicals, intermediates
    Petrochemistry, Petroleum Engineering
  • NACE keywords:
  • Advantages and Innovations:
    The proposed method is competitive, since the materials used (oxides and aluminosilicates) can be obtained in high volumes and are formed by common elements, unlike current processes, which use catalysts that contain unusual or precious metals. In addition, both materials (basic oxide and aluminosilicates) are found in the same catalyst bed, favoring the conversion of acetone to mesitylene to a greater extent.

    The method presents great selectivity with respect to the processes reported in the literature, increasing the selectivity of the mesitylene from values of around 5% to values between 75 and 90%.

    The method is environmentally sustainable. The raw material (acetone) can be economically obtained both from biomass upgrading routes (pyrolysis, ABE (Acetone–butanol–ethanol) fermentation), or as a by-product of the phenol manufacture industries.
Client
  • Type and Size of Organisation:
    University
  • Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation
    Nee
  • Year Established:
    0
  • Turnover:
  • Country of origin:
    Spain
  • Languages spoken
    • English
    • Spanish