Solid acid catalyzed alkylation of isobutane with butenes

Mitrajit Mukherjee, James P. Nehlsen, G. Dan Suciu, Sankaran Sundaresan

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


A new breakthrough alkylation process using a solid-acid catalyst was presented. The process was proven out in a pilot-plant over an extended length of time using an MTBE raffinate feed. Through a combination of catalysis and reaction engineering considerations, ranging from optimization of the catalyst properties to shielding of active sites from excessively large olefin concentrations, solid-acid catalysts were designed with lifetimes that are an order of magnitude longer than most solid-acid catalysts. The stable catalyst performance significantly simplified the overall process design, which reduces the capital cost of the alkylation plant, while lowering energy consumption. The new process is expected to reduce both capital expenses (30%) and operating costs (3¢/gal) over a conventional liquid acid alkylation process, since it uses simple fixed-bed reactor designs and allows a large reduction in utility consumption by eliminating the need for refrigeration. The alkylate octane rating (RON & MON) exceeds that produced by conventional liquid acid processes by over three octane points under similar operating conditions. This is an abstract of a paper presented at the AIChE Annual Meeting (San Francisco, CA 11/12-17/2006).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2006 AIChE Annual Meeting
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event2006 AIChE Annual Meeting - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Nov 12 2006Nov 17 2006

Publication series

NameAIChE Annual Meeting, Conference Proceedings


Other2006 AIChE Annual Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Bioengineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


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