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MARTINS, Leandro and CARDOSO, Dilson. Production of ethyleneglycols and derivates by catalytic reactions of ethylene oxide. Quím. Nova [online]. 2005, vol.28, n.2, pp. 264-273. ISSN 0100-4042. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-40422005000200018.
Products resulting from the ethoxylation of hydroxylated compounds, especially water and ethanol, are of great commercial importance. This work presents several aspects concerning the catalytic reactions of ethylene oxide, a chemical substance used in the production of a wide variety of products. Mechanisms of ethoxylation, distribution of products, formation of undesired by-products and perspectives for new processes using heterogeneous catalysis are also reviewed and discussed.
Keywords : ethylene oxide; ethoxylation of ROH; catalysts.