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Esterification of benzoic acid in a continuous flow microwave reactor

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The direct esterification of benzoic acid with a series of aliphatic alcohols was performed in a continuous flow microwave (MW) reactor. In the first stage, the reactivity of the alcohols towards benzoic acid was mapped in a batch MW reactor. Then, the different esterifications were optimized in the continuous reactor. All parameters including the temperature could be controlled.

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The above project was supported by the Hungarian Scientific Research Fund (PD111895), the Hungarian Research Development and Innovation Fund (K119202) and the National Research, Development and Innovation Fund of Hungary in the frame of FIEK_16-1-2016-0007 (Higher Education and Industrial Cooperation Center) project.

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Tajti, Á., Tóth, N., Bálint, E. et al. Esterification of benzoic acid in a continuous flow microwave reactor. J Flow Chem 8, 11–19 (2018).

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