Renaissance in the Use of Acetylene: Technology of 1,4-Butanediol

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J. Janusčak, M. Kindl, O. Matuška, P. Kukula, and P. Kačer

University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague

Keywords: Reppe process, but-2-yne-1,4-diol, butan-1,4-diol, BDO


In chemical industry, 1,4-butanediol represents one of many important intermediates. It is used as a starting material for the manufacture of various solvents and plastics, namely tetrahydrofuran, ¡-butyrolactone and/or polybutyleneterephthalates. Nowadays, there are several technologies of 1,4-butanediol. Major differences lie in the starting material used, process selectivity and economy. This paper is focused on mass production and the use of 1,4 butanediol. It is intended to serve as a review of various technologies of 1,4-butanediol.


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