Modeling of esterification in a batch reactor coupled with pervaporation for production of ethyl acetate catalyzed by ion- exchange resins

Document Type: Research Paper


1 Department of Chemical Engineering, Quchan University of Advanced Technology, Quchan, Iran

2 Department of Chemical Engineering, Quchan University of Advanced Technologies, Quchan, Iran


In the chemical industry, process intensification is needed to meet important goals such as sustainable and eco-friendly processes. For esterification reaction the “produce more with less pollution” objective can be achieved by coupling reaction and separation in a so called integrated process. In this work a model for describing the esterification reaction of ethyl acetate in pervaporation membrane reactor using amberlyst 15 as a heterogeneous catalyst and polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) membrane, was developed. This earth-friendly method with low pollution and high yield is an alternative to hazardous methods because using pervaporation membrane reactor reduces both waste and energy consumption. The validity of the model was tested by comparing the calculated results with experimental data reported in the literature. It was shown rate of conversion increased by removing ethyl acetate from the reaction mixture. A parametric study was carried out to evaluate the effects of operating conditions on the performance of the pervaporation membrane reactor. Conversion increased by increasing the temperature, molar ratios of reactants and catalyst concentration.


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