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Process Design and Technoeconomic Assessment of the Extraction of Levulinic Acid from Biomass Hydrolysate Using n-Butyl Acetate, Hexane, and 2-Methyltetrahydrofuran

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Autor(es):
Leal Silva, Jean F. [1] ; Maciel Filho, Rubens [1, 2] ; Wolf Maciel, Maria R. [2]
Número total de Autores: 3
Afiliação do(s) autor(es):
[1] Univ Campinas FEQ UNICAMP, Sch Chem Engn, BR-13083852 Campinas, SP - Brazil
[2] Wolf Maciel, Maria R., Univ Campinas FEQ UNICAMP, Sch Chem Engn, BR-13083852 Campinas, SP, Brazil.Leal Silva, Jean F., Univ Campinas FEQ UNICAMP, Sch Chem Engn, BR-13083852 Campinas, SP - Brazil
Número total de Afiliações: 2
Tipo de documento: Artigo Científico
Fonte: Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research; v. 59, n. 23, p. 11031-11041, JUN 10 2020.
Citações Web of Science: 0
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Levulinic acid, a chemical produced during the hydrolysis of biomass, has various applications in the chemical and fuel markets that are unexplored because of several problems related to its large-scale production. Recovery of levulinic acid is challenging because of its low volatility, the presence of other chemicals in the biomass hydrolysate, and the desire to recycle the catalyst. In this work, the recovery cost of levulinic acid from biomass hydrolysate was evaluated and optimized in a complete recovery process, including the evaporation of hydrolysate, extraction, and solvent recycling. Three solvents with different classifications in solvent selection guides were considered: n-butyl acetate, hexane, and 2-methyltetrahydrofuran. In the optimized scenarios, the recovery cost using 2-methyltetrahydrofuran was \$0.156 kg(-1) (17% lower than that of n-butyl acetate and 32% lower than that of hexane). The simulation results, based on a group contribution method, present a methodology suitable for the early-stage assessment of separation processes to recover renewable chemicals in biorefineries. (AU)

Processo FAPESP: 15/20630-4 - Desenvolvimento integrado de biorrefinaria e planta de bioetanol de cana-de-açúcar com emissão zero de CO2: rotas para converter recursos renováveis em bioprodutos e bioeletricidade
Beneficiário:Rubens Maciel Filho
Linha de fomento: Auxílio à Pesquisa - Temático
Processo FAPESP: 16/10450-1 - Desenvolvimento do processo de conversão de cana-de-açúcar a levulinato de etila: uma rota para um aditivo de biodiesel viável
Beneficiário:Jean Felipe Leal Silva
Linha de fomento: Bolsas no Brasil - Mestrado