Kinetic study of the metal triflate catalyzed benzoylation of anisole in an ionic liquid

Peter Goodrich, Christopher Hardacre, Hasan Mehdi, Paul Nancarrow, David W. Rooney, Jillian M. Thompson

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The Friedel-Crafts benzoylation of anisole with benzoic anhydride to yield 4-methoxybenzophenone has been performed in a range of ionic liquids, using homogeneous metal triflate catalysts. Of these, indium, scandium, and aluminum triflate were chosen to develop a kinetic model. A complex exchange of ligands between the metal salt, the benzoic anhydride, and the ionic liquids results in the formation of a free acid catalyst. This acid is shown to reversibly deactivated by complexation with the product; the equilibrium constant for this has been measured, and a rate equation has been developed and successfully tested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6640-6647
Number of pages8
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - Sep 27 2006


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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