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  • Cumene is the common name for isopropylbenzene, an organic compound that is an aromatic hydrocarbon.
  • It is a constituent of crude oil and refined fuels. It is a flammable colorless liquid that has a boiling point of 152 °C.
  • Cumene is a colorless, flammable liquid that has a sharp, penetrating, gasoline-type odor. Cumene is insoluble.
  • Commercial production of cumene is carried out through the catalytic alkylation of benzene, with the addition of propylene. Solid phosphoric acid (SPA) supported on alumina can also be used as a catalyst.
  • Most of the current cumene plant production processes utilize a patented supported phosphoric acid catalyst, with a few using a Friedel-Crafts reaction with aluminum trichloride.
  • Benzene and propylene are compressed together to a pressure of 30 standard atmospheres at 250 °C (482° F) in presence of a catalytic Lewis acid. Phosphoric acid is often favored over aluminum halides. Cumene is formed in the gas-phase Friedel-Crafts alkylation of benzene by propylene.
  • Cumene is oxidized in slightly basic conditions in presence of a radical initiator, which removes the tertiary benzylic hydrogen from cumene and hence forms a cumene radical.
  • Cumene is used to manufacture other chemicals such as phenol, acetone, acetophenone, and methyl styrene.
  • It is used as a thinner in paints, lacquers, and enamels. It is a component of high octane motor fuels.
  • Cumene in used in the manufacture of rubber, iron and steel, and pulp and paper.Modern phenol technology involves oxidation of cumene with air at high efficiency to produce cumene hydroperoxide (CHP).
  • A high efficiency oxidation system has been developed which improves yield by lowering the formation of byproducts. An advanced cleavage system produces improved selectivity of phenol from CHP.
  • Modern process technology is based on the reaction of propylene and benzene either in the liquid or gas phases. These processes initially used solid phosphoric acid or aluminium chloride catalysts but in recent years there has been a shift to using zeolite catalysts.
  • Cumene is the main feedstock for phenol/acetone production and demand is driven by market growth for the derivatives of phenol and acetone such as bis-phenol A, phenolic resins and caprolactam.
  • Global cumene demand grew by over 5%/year. Cumene demand growth is expected to be slightly below phenol’s growth rate of just over 4%/year in the 2006-2011 period.
  • Around 98% of cumene is used to produce phenol and its co-product acetone. However, the outlook for cumene is largely dependent on the performance of phenol’s derivatives which have resulted in healthy growth rates for cumene.
General Information
  • Cumene (1-methylethylbenzene) fact sheet
  • Cumene
  • Cumene FAQ
  • About Cumene

Company Profiles

  • Company from Georgia
  • India Company from Kolkata
  • International Company
  • Company from Korea
  • Company from Italy
  • Company from Saudi Arabia
  • Company from India
  • Company from USA


  • Problems at the Cumene Production Facility, Unit 800
  • Cumene Production – Change in Reactor Conditions
  • Design of a New, 100,000 Metric Ton Per Year, Cumene Production Facility
  • Material Balances Design Problem Cumene Production
  • Energy Balances and Numerical Methods Design Project Production of Cumene
  • Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Thermodynamics Design Project Production of Cumene


  • Crystal Structure of the Terminal Oxygenase Component of Cumene Dioxygenase from Pseudomonas fluorescens
  • Cumene with proprietary catalyst PBE-1 zeolite based Proprietary process technology
  • Cumene process with drag (purge) streams
  • Cumene Overview
  • Cumene Oxidation process
  • Process Intensification in Alkylation Process
  • Cumene process
  • Energy Efficient Catalytic Reaction and Production of Cumene


  • Cumene Cracking on Modi ed Mesoporous Material
  • Effect of Oxidative Stress, Produced by Cumene Hydroperoxide, on the Various Steps of Protein Synthesis
  • Propranolol oxidation by human liver microsomes - the use of cumene hydroperoxide to probe isoenzyme specificity and regio- and stereoselectivity


  • Analysis of Cumene (Isopropylbenzene) Degradation Genes from Pseudomonas fluorescens
  • Extraction of benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene, xylene and cumene from soil using methanol at elevated temperature and pressure
  • Regioselective nitration of cumene to 4-nitro cumene using nitric acid over solid acid catalyst
  • Conventional Technology Phenol/Acetone Via Cumene Oxidation
  • Study on Green Process Design of Cumene Production
  • Raytheon licenses Cumene Technology for Ertisa plant in Spain


Consultant & Plant
  • Consultant from U.S
  • Consultant UK
  • US Consultant from Minnesota
  • Consultant from California
  • Consultant from New Jersey
  • USA Consultant
  • Plant from South Carolina


  • Cumene Oxidation Process
  • Process for the preparation of a cumene feed for cumene oxidation
  • Process for Producing Cumene
  • Purification of Cumene Recycle Streams
  • Method of Recovering Cumene
  • Removal of Methyl Styrene from Cumene
  • Separation of Cumene from 3-Ethyl Touluene by Azeotropic Distillation


  • Reactors and Separations Design Project Production of Cumene
  • Critical Properties of Pure Compounds
  • Chevron Announces Approval of Cumene Modernization Project at Port Arthur, Texas, Plant
  • Phenol / Acetone
  • Cumene

Material Safety Data Sheet

  • Cumene
  • Isopropylbenzene
  • Safety Data for Isopropylbenzene [Cumene]
  • Benzene, (1-methylethyl)-Cumene 99%
  • Marathon Cumene
  • Demand CS

Safety Issues

  • Concise International Chemical Assessment Document for Cumene
  • Cumene - Hazard Summary
  • Toxicological Review of Cumene
  • Assessment Report on Cumene for Developing Ambient Air Quality Objectives
  • Thermal hazard assessment on hydroperoxides-examples on cumene hydroperoxide

Market & Report

  • Cumene
  • Polypropylene Upgrading Prospects
  • Cumene Uses and Market Data
  • Cumene Prices and Pricing Information
  • World Consumption of Cumene
  • Phenol / Acetone & Derivatives Market
  • PERP Program- New Report Alert -Cumene
  • Cumene Capacity Expansion Strengthens Petrochemical Operations


  • Cumene Selling Leads
  • Suppliers of Cumene
  • Cumene Exporters
  • Manufacturer / Suppliers of Cumene
  • Chemical Suppliers of Cumene
  • Cumene Suppliers

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