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College of Engineering Unit: 
Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering
Project Team Member(s): 
GlenAsia Tuttle, Asa Yunker and Alden Bergener
Physical Location at Expo: 
Community Plaza
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Project Description: 

1,2-Diphenylethane (DPE) is created for brominated DPE which is used for flame retarent in plastics. DPE is produced using a Friedel-Crafts reaction between benzene and dichloroethane and an aluminum chloride catalyst. Albemarle Corp. currently has a toller running the process. The production and separation wants to be brought in-house. The plant designed should produce 5,000 metric tons per year of 99% purity DPE. The project designs a plant for this process that includes all sizing and costing of equipment. 

Industry Sponsor(s): 
  • Kevin Caple
  • Ratih Lusianti

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