Johnson Matthey licenses its DAVY™ BDO process technology.
Johnson Matthey first used the vapour phase hydrogenation process for the hydrogenation of aldehydes to produce oxo alcohols and then decided to extend the application of this technology into the hydrogenation of esters as well as aldehydes. In total, the vapour phase hydrogenation process has been used for the conversion of four different esters to alcohols or diols including butanediol, tetrahydrofuran and gamma butyrolactone.
Tetrahydrofuran (THF) is used in the manufacture of elastomeric polyurethane fibres such as Spandex™. Gamma butyrolactone (GBL) is a common solvent and reagent in chemistry and is used as an aroma compound, as a stain remover, as a superglue remover and as a paint stripper.
Contact us for further information on the DAVY butanediol licensed process.