Many hydrocarbon chlorinations that follow free a radical mechanism are associated with the problems of poor selectivity towards the intermediate products. Since most of the time there happens to be a distinct difference between the volatilities of the various chlorinated products, RD can be an appropriate choice of reactor for obtaining better selectivity towards the particular chlorinated product. The important example of commercial relevance is the photochlorination of aromatics such as benzene or toluene [60, 100]. Like hydrogenation, this process is also associated with the use of a non-condensing gas (chlorine) and hence its flow rate would make a significant impact on design considerations.
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