The kinetics of the hydrogenolysis of methyl formate to methanol on ion-exchanged copper on silica catalysts was studied in a recycle reactor at temperatures from 120 to 190°C and atmospheric pressure. The rate data were fitted by a power law model in which the reaction orders with respect to the reactants, methyl formate and hydrogen, were 0.39 and 0, respectively. Carbon monoxide produced by the decarbonylation of methyl formate was shown to inhibit the hydrogenolysis reaction, and a reaction order of -0.17 with respect to CO was found. At CO concentrations higher than 1-2% a continuous loss of catalyst activity was observed.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Product Research and Development|
|Publication status||Published - 1985|