Integrated process for γ-butyrolactone production

Ahtesham Javaid, Costin Sorin Bildea

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An integrated process for the production of γ-butyrolactone by coupling maleic anhydride hydrogenation and 1, 4-butanediol dehydrogenation in a fixed bed adiabatic reactor is studied. The reaction conditions realizing optimal hydrogen utilization and better energy efficiency are determined. Compared to stand-alone processes, the integrated process has several advantages, such as simpler reactor, easy temperature control, improved γ-butyrolactone yield, good energy efficiency and optimal hydrogen utilization. The integrated plant shows robust behavior with respect to disturbances and allows production rate change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-42
Number of pages10
JournalUPB Scientific Bulletin, Series B: Chemistry and Materials Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2014



  • Process design and control
  • Reaction coupling
  • γ-butyrolactone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)

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