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Production of methyl-vinyl ketone from levulinic acid

United States Patent

June 14, 2011
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A method for converting levulinic acid to methyl vinyl ketone is described. The method includes the steps of reacting an aqueous solution of levulinic acid, over an acid catalyst, at a temperature of from room temperature to about 1100 K. Methyl vinyl ketone is thereby formed.
Dumesic; James A. (Verona, WI), West; Ryan M. (Madison, WI)
Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (Madison, WI)
12/ 685,887
January 12, 2010
FEDERAL FUNDING This invention was made with United States government support awarded by the following agencies: U.S. Department of Energy DE-FG02-03ER15468. The United States government has certain rights in this invention.