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Isopropanol Manufacture Technology Description

Online Isopropanol Data: Manufacture, Uses and Applications

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In this page you will find free data about Isopropanol, including:

  • What is Isopropanol
  • How to make Isopropanol
  • Isopropanol uses and applications

This page presents brief synopsis of Isopropanol production technology, describing, in a concise way, relevant technical and economic aspects. Each manufacturing process description will consist of:

  • Major process steps
  • Simplified, schematic flow diagram & key equipment
  • Important safety or environmental considerations
  • Economic perspective, comprising capital expenditures and/or operating expenses

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Isopropyl Alcohol Production from RG Propylene

Isopropanol (isopropyl alcohol) is among the most commonly produced lower alcohols — ranked third in commercial production behind methanol and ethanol. Isopropyl alcohol is used as a chemical intermediate for compounds such as methyl isobutyl carbinol, methyl isobutyl ketone and isopropyl acetate, as well as in personal care and household products, pharmaceuticals, coatings and ink solvents, and as a processing solvent, among other uses.

Technology Description

The figure below depicts a typical indirect propylene-hydration process for the production of isopropanol. In this process, refinery-grade (RG) propylene reacts with sulfuric acid to form isopropyl alcohol sulfates, which are then reacted with water to form isopropanol.

Isopropyl Alcohol Production from RG Propylene - Process Flow Diagram

Reaction

RG propylene gas is fed to the ...

Propylene recovery

The absorber off-gas, containing unreacted propylene ...

Purification

The crude isopropanol from ...

Isopropanol production pathways

The main raw materials for isopropanol manufacture are ...

Economic Performance

The total operating cost (raw materials, utilities, fixed costs and depreciation costs) estimated to produce isopropanol was about ...

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This synopsis is based on the report Isopropyl Alcohol Production from RG Propylene - Cost Analysis. (For more information, Click here).