Design and Optimization of Isopropyl Alcohol Production Using a Plug Flow Reactor

Team: Katharos Engineering LLC

Program: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) is used in medicine, industry, and science as a sanitizer, solvent, and reagent in various solutions and processes. Our group has been tasked to manufacture 100,000 tons of IPA per year that is 99 wt%. We determined the optimal process sequence, feed flow rates, thermodynamic models, and unit specifications that produced the IPA product at the correct specifications

Dr. John Edison
Dr. Sakul Ratanalert

Team Members

Process Flow Diagram of IPA production