Poly(oxymethylene) dimethyl ethers as components of tailored diesel fuel: Properties, synthesis and purification concepts

Jakob Burger, Markus Siegert, Eckhard Ströfer, Hans Hasse

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Abstract

Poly(oxymethylene) dimethyl ethers (POMDMEs) open a new route for tailoring diesel fuels. POMDMEs belong to the group of oxygenates which reduce soot formation in the combustion when added to diesel fuels. They can be produced on a large scale based on gas-to-liquid technology. The present work first gives an overview of oxygenates as components of diesel fuels and process technology for their production. Then properties and chemistry of POMDMEs are discussed in detail. A particularly favorable route for their large scale production in which they are formed from methylal and trioxane is proposed and a feasible concept for this process is presented together with data on the reaction equilibrium that was taken in a batch reactor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3315-3319
Number of pages5
JournalFuel
Volume89
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Fuel additive
  • Methylal
  • Poly(oxymethylene) dimethyl ether
  • Soot reduction
  • Trioxane

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