Patent name: METHOD OF PURIFYING CUMENE HYDROPEROXIDE DECOMPOSITION PRODUCTS FROM HYDROXYACETONE AND FROM OTHER CARBONYLS
Patent Number US 6,066,767
May 23, 2000
Purification of cumene hydroperoxide cleavage products from hydroxyacetone and carbonyl compounds is accomplished via extraction of hydroxyacetone and carbonyl compounds from cleavage products with a circulating water-salt solution in an extractor during an extraction stage and subsequent conversion of hydroxyacetone and other carbonyl compounds into deep condensation products in a HAC reactor operating as a plug-flow reactor or mixing reactor or as their combination. The conversion/condensation process is conducted in the water-salt solution by treating the hydroxyacetone and carbonyl compounds with alkaline agents. Various homogenous and/or heterogeneous alkaline catalysts may be used. Optionally multiple sequential extraction stages may be connected to the HAC reactor for improved performance.