Patent Number: 7,820,852

Title: Direct and selective production of ethyl acetate from acetic acid utilizing a bimetal supported catalyst

Abstract: A process for the selective production of ethyl acetate by vapor phase reaction of acetic acid over a hydrogenating catalyst composition to form ethyl acetate is disclosed and claimed. In an embodiment of this invention reaction of acetic acid and hydrogen over platinum and copper supported on silica selectively produces ethyl acetate in a vapor phase at a temperature of about 250.degree. C.

Inventors: Johnston; Victor J. (Houston, TX), Zink; James H. (League City, TX), Repman; Deborah R. (Lake Jackson, TX), Chen; Laiyuan (Houston, TX), Kimmich; Barbara F. (League City, TX), Chapman; Josefina T. (Houston, TX), van der Waal; Jan Cornelis (Delft, NL), Zuzaniuk; Virginie (Krommenie, NL)

Assignee: Celanese International Corporation

International Classification: C07C 69/02 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2018-10-26 0:00:00