Single-stage oxychlorination of ethanol to ethylene dichloride using a dual-catalyst bed

Rashid Al-Hajri, David Chadwick

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The direct production of ethylene dichloride, EDC, from ethanol over a dual-catalyst bed consisting of a zeolite pre-bed and a CuCl2-NaCl/ γ-Al2O3 oxychlorination catalyst has been shown to give greater than 80% yield of EDC with ethyl chloride as the main by-product. The effects of temperature, HCl/air ratio and space velocity were investigated. The most effective zeolite was ZSM-5. It is concluded that the main route to EDC was via ethyl chloride and its oxychlorination and disproportionation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-101
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Catalysis A: General
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Nov 20 2010



  • Ethanol
  • Ethylene dichloride
  • Oxychlorination
  • Zeolite

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Process Chemistry and Technology

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