1992 年 50 巻 12 号 p. 1169-1172
The type of raw material, manufacturing process, and production technology used in the industrial chemical process for making a given chemical product are varied, which characterizes the chemical process.
Chemical companies have contributed to the advances of the industrial chemical process through selection and development of their processes in response to the demand of times or by incorporating innovative discoveries.
Of the 38 processes commercialized since 1981, most of the processes are primarily aimed at a cost reduction and adopt a new route made possible through the development of a novel catalyst.
Future outlook points to the active research in high-selectivity catalyst and bio-catalyst that permit a shift of raw material, improved energy-saving process and to the realization of membrane separation technology. The development of environment friendly processes and safe products will become increasingly important.