Process for preparing 2,6-naphthalene-dicarboxylic acid (5175354)

Inventors:
Shuichi Mitamura, Yasuhisa Tsutsumi, Yoshimi Kata, Atsushi Kawada, Naoya Okabayashi
Company:
Nippon Steel Chemical Co., Ltd.
Nippon Steel Corporation
Issued Date:
1992-12-29

Abstract

The process of this invention for preparing 2,6-naphthalene-dicarboxylic acid comprises a reaction step (Step A) wherein 2,6-naphthalene-dicarboxylic acid potassium salts consisting of 2,6-naphthalene-dicarboxylic acid dipotassium salt and/or 2,6-naphthalene-dicarboxylic acid monopotassium salt are allowed to react with benzene-carboxylic acids in the presence of water to yield 2,6-naphthalene-dicarboxylic acid and benzene-carboxylic acid potassium salts and a separation step (Step B) wherein the crystallized 2,6-naphthalene-dicarboxylic acid is separated from the benzene-carboxylic acid potassium salts dissolved in the aqueous solution and provides 2,6-naphthalene-dicarboxylic acid, useful as raw material for polymers, at low cost on a commerical scale with recycle of potassium. [USPTO]

Claims

What is claimed is:

1. A process for preparing 2,6-naphthalenedicarboxylic acid which comprises

a) reacting at least one of 2,6-naphthalenedicarboxylic acid dipotassium salt and 2,6-naphthalenedicarboxylic acid monopotassium salt with a benzenecarboxylic acid of the formula ##STR6## wherein m is an integer from 1 to 6, n is an integer from 0 to 5, and m+ n is 1 to 6, in the presence of water at a temperature of 0.degree.-200.degree. C. to yield solid 2,6-naphthalenedicarboxylic acid and an aqueous solution of a benzenecarboxylic acid potassium salt of the formula ##STR7## b) separating the solid 2,6-naphthalenedicarboxylic acid from the aqueous solution; c) recovering the benzenecarboxylic acid potassium salt from the aqueous solution; d) reacting the benzenecarboxylic acid potassium salt with naphthalene to yield 2,6-naphthalenedicarboxylic acid dipotassium salt; and e) recycling the 2,6-naphthalene-dicarboxylic acid dipotassium salt to step a).

2. A process according to claim 1, wherein a portion of the 2,6-naphthalenedicarboxylic acid dipotassium salt formed in step d) is acidified to form 2,6-naphthalenedicarboxylic acid monopotassium salt prior to being recycled to step a).

3. A process for preparing 2,6-naphthalenedicarboxylic acid according to claim 1, wherein the benzenecarboxylic acid in step a) is phthalic acid, phthalic acid monopotassium salt, benzoic acid, terephthalic acid, terephthalic acid monopotassium salt, trimellitic acid, trimellitic acid monopotassium salt or pyromellitic acid.

4. A process for preparing 2,6-naphthalenedicarboxylic acid which comprises a) reacting 2,6-naphthalenedicarboxylic acid dipotassium salt with phthalic acid monopotassium salt in the presence of water at a temperature of 0.degree.-200.degree. C. to yield solid 2,6-naphthalenedicarboxylic acid monopotassium salt and an aqueous solution of a phthalic acid dipotassium salt; b) separating the solid 2,6-naphthalenedicarboxylic acid monopotassium salt from the aqueous solution containing phthalic acid dipotassium salt; c) reacting the 2,6-naphthalenedicarboxylic acid monopotassium salt with phthalic acid in the presence of water at 0.degree.-200.degree. C. to yield solid 2,6-naphthalenedicarboxylic acid and an aqueous solution of phthalic acid monopotassium salt; d) separating solid 2,6-naphthalenedicarboxylic acid from the aqueous solution containing phthalic acid monopotassium salt; and e) recycyling the aqueous solution containing phthalic acid monopotassium salt to step a).

5. A process for preparing 2,6-naphthalenedicarboxylic acid according to claim 4, wherein the phthalic acid dipotassium salt is recovered from the aqueous solution containing said salt, the recovered salt is reacted with naphthalene to yield 2,6-naphthalenedicarboxylic acid dipotassium salt and the 2,6-naphthalenedicarboxylic acid dipotassium salt so produced is returned to step a) of claim 4.

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