Preparation of 2-Methylnaphthalene from 1-Methylnaphthalene via Catalytic Isomerization and Crystallization

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Submitted: 10-05-2018
Published: 04-12-2018
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Large amounts of residual 1-methylnaphthalene are generated when 2-methylnaphthalene is extracted from alkyl naphthalene. In order to transform waste into assets, this study proposes a feasible process for preparing 2-methylnaphthalene from 1-methylnaphthalene through isomerization and crystallization. The 1-methylnaphthalene isomerization was carried out in a fixed-bed reactor over mixed acids-treated HBEA zeolite. The results showed that acidic properties of catalysts and reaction temperature were associated with the 2-methylnaphthalene selectivity, yield and catalytic stability. At a high reaction temperature of 623 K, the 2-methylnaphthalene yield was 65.84 %, and the deactivation rate was much lower. The separation of reaction products was then investigated by two consecutive crystallization processes. Under optimal conditions, the 2-methylnaphthalene purity attained 96.67 % in the product, while the yield was 87.48 % in the refining process. Copyright © 2018 BCREC Group. All rights reserved

Received: 10th May 2018; Revised: 16th July 2018; Accepted: 17th July 2018

How to Cite: Sun, H., Sun, K., Jiang, J., Gu, Z. (2018). Preparation of 2-Methylnaphthalene from 1-Methylnaphthalene via Catalytic Isomerization and Crystallization. Bulletin of Chemical Reaction Engineering & Catalysis, 13 (3): 512-519 (doi:10.9767/bcrec.13.3.2650.512-519)




Modified zeolite; 1-Methylnaphthalene, Isomerization; Crystallization; 2-Methylnaphthalene

  1. Hao Sun 
    Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Biomass Energy and Material, National Engineering Laboratory for Biomass Chemical Utilization, Institute of Chemical Industry of Forest Products, Chinese Academy of Forestry , Nanjing 210042, China
  2. Kang Sun 
    Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Biomass Energy and Material, National Engineering Laboratory for Biomass Chemical Utilization, Institute of Chemical Industry of Forest Products, Chinese Academy of Forestry , Nanjing 210042, China
  3. Jianchun Jiang 
    Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Biomass Energy and Material, National Engineering Laboratory for Biomass Chemical Utilization, Institute of Chemical Industry of Forest Products, Chinese Academy of Forestry , Nanjing 210042, China
  4. Zhenggui Gu 
    Jiangsu Provincial Key Laboratory of Materials Cycling and Pollution Control, College of Chemistry and Materials Science, Nanjing Normal University , Nanjing 210023, China
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