Process of producing glycidyl ethers of monohydric or polyhydric phenols

  • US 4,876,371 A
  • Filed: 05/29/1987
  • Issued: 10/24/1989
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/28/1982
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A process of producing glycidyl ethers of monohydric or polyhydric phenols which comprises:

  • mixing a monohydric or polyhydric phenol, dioxane or diethoxyethane, and epichlorohydrin, wherein the amount of dioxane or diethoxyethane is in the range of 10 to 100 parts by weight per 100 parts by weight of epichlorohydrin, and the amount of epichlorohydrin is in the range of 2.5 to 20 mols per mol of the phenolic hydroxy group,gradually adding to the mixture an aqueous solution of an alkali metal hydroxide in an amount in the range of 0.9 to 1.1 mols per mol of the phenolic hydroxyl group and subjecting to azeotropic distillation water, dioxane or diethoxyethane, and epichlorohydrin at a temperature of about 56°

    C. to about 72°

    C. and a pressure of about 150 mmHg to about 250 mmHg,maintaining the water content of the mixture in the range of from 0.2 to 2.5 wt%, followed by liquefication of the distillate to be divided into an aqueous layer and an organic layer, andcirculating the organic layer to the mixture whereas eliminating the aqueous layer.

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