Pugh, Lynsey A.
Understanding catalytic processes used in the fragrance industry.
PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.
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The fragrance and flavour industry is a multi-billion dollar business, therefore the production of fragrance compounds in high yields with low production of waste is of great commercial interest. In the current investigation, several processes were examined with respect to catalytic activity. Experiments were performed in both the liquid and gas phase using a variety of catalysts and conditions. The main area of interest was the dehydrogenation of an aromatic alcohol to the corresponding aldehyde over a copper base catalyst. Deactivation of the catalyst was a major issue and post reaction analysis revealed sintering to be the main cause.
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