Process for the sustainable production of acrylic acid

Dioxide Materials’ U.S. Patent No. 9,790,161 describes an environmentally beneficial process for preparing a method for forming acrylic acid that does not use propylene as a feedstock.

As described in the patent, shortcomings and limitations of existing processes are overcome by a sustainable process for the production of organic acids having at least three carbon atoms. The process comprises the steps of: forming an amount of carbon monoxide; and reacting the amount of carbon monoxide with an amount of an unsaturated hydrocarbon in the presence of: (a) a supported palladium catalyst;(b) a strong acid; and (c) a phosphine.

For the past ten years, Dioxide Materials has been highly focused on helping to build a sustainable future through innovative green technology. Whereas most current technologies treat carbon dioxide as a liability that must be removed at a very high cost, the Boca Raton company sees it as a valuable feedstock for renewable fuels and chemicals. Dioxide’s vision is to eventually recycle carbon dioxide back to fuels, using renewable energy as an input which can be used as a feedstock that does not compete with the food supply.