US patent issued to Celanese for ethanol production from acetic acid utilizing am olybdenum carbide catalyst

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia , January 11, 2013 () – United States Patent no. 8,350,098, issued on Jan. 8, was assigned to Celanese International Corp. (Dallas).

"Ethanol Production from Acetic Acid Utilizing a Molybdenum Carbide Catalyst" was invented by Victor J. Johnston (Houston), Barbara F. Kimmich (Bernardsville, N.J.), Jan Cornelis van der Waal (Delft, Netherlands), James H. Zink (League City, Texas), Virginie Zuzaniuk (Krommenie, Netherlands), Josefina T. Chapman (Houston) and Laiyuan Chen (Houston).

According to the abstract released by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office: "A process for the selective and direct formation of ethanol from acetic acid comprising contacting a feed stream containing acetic acid and hydrogen in vapor form at an elevated temperature with a hydrogenation catalyst comprising molybdenum carbide and one or more promoter metals selected from the group consisting of copper, iron, cobalt, nickel, ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, osmium, iridium, platinum, titanium, zinc, chromium, rhenium, potassium, tin and tungsten on a catalyst support."

The patent was filed on April 4, 2011, under Application No. 13/079,684.

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