ARTICLE | doi:10.20944/preprints202206.0055.v1
Subject: Chemistry And Materials Science, Organic Chemistry Keywords: Sulfonated silica catalyst (SiO2-SO3H); methyl salicylate; green chemistry; methylating agent; deacetylation (acyl nucleophilic substitution); solid acid catalyst
Online: 6 June 2022 (03:45:09 CEST)
SiO2-SO3H, with a surface area of 115 m2/g, pore volume of 0.38 cm3g-1 and 1.32 mmol H+/g, was used as a 20% w/w catalyst for the preparation of methyl salicylate (Wintergreen oil or MS) from acetylsalicylic acid (ASA). A 94% conversion was achieved in a microwave reactor during 40.0 minutes at 120 oC in MeOH. The resulting crude product was purified by flash chromatography. The catalyst could be re-used three times.
ARTICLE | doi:10.20944/preprints202304.0293.v1
Subject: Chemistry And Materials Science, Applied Chemistry Keywords: Environment friendly processes; Bayer residue; waste management; bauxite; contaminants; quality control; fatty acid methyl ester
Online: 13 April 2023 (03:42:31 CEST)
Red mud (RM) is a residue obtained from the production of alumina. It contains a high concentration of metal oxides and waste concentrated sodium hydroxide solution (pH = 13). To increase the value of RM, an environmentally friendly process of transesterification using waste cooking oil (WCO), MeOH and concentrated sodium hydroxide solution (CSHS) from aluminum production was proposed. Triglycerides of WCO reacted with MeOH at 60 oC to yield mixtures of fatty acid methyl esters (FAMEs) in the presence of 2.03% (w/w) CSHS/WCO using the CSHS (0.204 mol L-1, predetermined by potentiometric titration) from aluminum production by the Bayer process or with the addition of 0.68% (w/w) fabric softener (3% w/w cetyltrimethylammonium chloride in solution) as a phase transfer (PTA) agent. The addition of PTA to the catalyst resulted in a better yield of the products (greater than 98% yield). A simplified mechanism is presented to account for the experimental results.