Northrop Grumman Engineering & Science Student Design Showcase
The production of purified terephthalic acid (PTA) is currently done using the Amoco Mid-Century (MC) method. This method uses a Continuously Stirred Tank Reactor (CSTR) for the oxidation of para xylene into PTA. By changing this reaction vessel to a semi batch spray reactor, researchers at the Center of Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis (CEBC) have recently discovered the environmental and economic benefits over using the MC method.
Aljarrah, S., Kazuva, C., & Patel, B. (2015, April). Production of Purified Terephthalic Acid Using the Spray Process Method. Poster presented at the Northrop Grumman Engineering & Science Student Design Showcase, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL.