Microwave -activated structured reactors to maximize propylene selectivity in the oxidative dehydrogenation of propane

Adrian Ramirez, Jose L. Hueso, Reyes Mallada, Jesus Santamaria

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Abstract

Microwave (MW) heating has been applied to increase the selectivity to propylene in the oxidative dehydrogenation (ODH) of propane. The preferential heating of the solid monolith (made of SiC, a good microwave susceptor), allows working with a lower gas phase temperature, reducing the formation of undesired by-products in the gas phase via homogeneous reactions. Conversion levels of ~ 21% and selectivity to propylene up to 70% have been achieved with MW-heated straight channel monolithic reactors coated with a VMgO catalyst. These competitive values contrast with the more limited performance delivered by the same catalytic system when it is subjected to conventional heating in a fixed-bed reactor configuration, thereby corroborating the advantage of working under a significant gas–solid temperature gap to minimize the extent of homogeneous reactions.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)124746
JournalCHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL
Volume393
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

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