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Direct esterification of ammonium salts of carboxylic acids

United States Patent

June 24, 2003
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A non-catalytic process for producing esters, the process comprising reacting an ammonium salt of a carboxylic acid with an alcohol and removing ammonia from the reaction mixture. Selectivities for the desired ester product can exceed 95 percent.
Halpern; Yuval (Skokie, IL)
The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy (Washington, DC)
10/ 079,527
February 22, 2002
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN OF INVENTION The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. W-31-109-ENG-38 between the U.S. Department of Energy and the University of Chicago, representing Argonne National Laboratory.