Reference Materials

There are many reactive distillation systems and many recent publications and patents. Doherty and Malone give 61 chemical systems (see their table 10.5) and cite 134 references in their chapter on reactive distillation.3 An updated literature survey shows that there were 1105 publications and 814 US patents between 1971 and 2007.

Figure 1.6 is an updated version of a figure by Malone and Doherty.4 The numbers in the figure are search results from the Engineering Index and the U.S. Patent Office using the following keywords: reactive distillation, catalytic distillation, catalytic reactive distillation, reactive rectification, reactive separation, reactive packing, reaction column, and reacting distillation.

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