CHE Archive

Development of a Continuous Flow Reactor to Produce Acid Chlorides

One or two sentence description of the project.


Wyatt Tenhaeff – UofR ChE

Mark Juba – UofR ChE


Brian Cleary – Kodak


Danielle Newman, Mauricio Canizales, Sagunya Rawal, and Aminatou Bagassa


Kodak employs numerous manufacturing processes to develop chemicals and the preparation of acid chlorides from carboxylic acid is a fundamental synthesis process employed there. The reaction of interest is the generation of benzoyl chloride from benzoic acid using thionyl chloride as the chlorinating agent. The reaction produces gaseous byproducts of sulfur dioxide and hydrogen chloride, a strong irritative acid in the presence of water: