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Product Details:  Tert-Butanol

Tert-Butanol (TBA) is a tertiary alcohol. It undergoes dehydration by reactive distillation in the presence of solid acid catalyst to form isobutylene with high selectivity. Lipase-mediated alcoholysis of soybean oil deodorizer distillate (SODD) has been conducted in tBA (as reaction medium) to generate biodiesel. Formation of 2-tert-butyl-p-cresol (TBC), 2,6-di-tert-butyl-p-cresol (DTBC) and tert-butyl-p-tolyl ether has been reported when p-cresol undergoes butylation by tBA in the presence of 12-tungstophosphoric acid supported on zirconia (TPA/ZrO2) catalyst. The interaction behavior of tBA on the Si (001)-(2×1) surface has been assessed by using the ab-initio density functional theory (DFT) based on pseudopotential approach.


Tert-Butanol is used as a solvent, as a denaturant for ethanol, as an ingredient in paint removers, as an octane booster for gasoline, as an oxygenate gasoline additive, and as an intermediate in the synthesis of other chemical commodities such as flavors and perfumes.

Tertiary butyl alcohol (TBA) is one of the fuel oxygenates used to replace tetra-ethyl lead as an anti-knock agent in gasoline alone or with methanol as a co-solvent.

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