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Industrial Catalytic Aspects of the Synthesis of Monomers for Nylon Production

  • Giuseppe Bellussi
  • Carlo Perego


The industrial production of the monomers used for the preparation of polyamides (e.g. nylons) has undergone significant innovation. Since the last decade novel technologies have been developed, based on new catalysts that are more efficient, safe and environmentally friendly. Several new plants using new catalytic technologies have come on stream recently. Other technologies are close to industrial demonstration. What is pushing this change? What challenges occurred and what was the contribution of heterogeneous catalysis? Which other problems are still to be solved? In this article we will address all these questions.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giuseppe Bellussi
    • 1
  • Carlo Perego
    • 2
  1. 1.Catalysis and Process Technology Research CentreEniTecnologie SpASan Donato MilaneseItaly
  2. 2.Catalysis and Process Technology Research CentreEniTecnologie SpASan Donato MilaneseItaly

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