Modeling propane aromatization over ZSM-5-based catalysts

W. Nicholas Delgass, Aditya Bhan, Gowri Krishnamurthy, Shuo Huan Hsu, Balachandra Krishnamurthy, Gary Blau, James M. Caruthers, Venkat Venkatasubramanian

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The activation and selective conversion of light alkanes to aromatics and hydrogen is a well-studied value-adding process. ZSM-5-based catalysts are typically used because of their high resistance to deactivation. Gallium is added to enhance the dehydrogenation function. This system was chosen as a testbed for Discovery Informatics, the strategy for iterative model building and catalyst design. Ga-modified materials were prepared by incipient wetness impregnation. Kinetic evaluation of the catalytsts was done with a pure propane feed at W/F = 0-30 gm-cat hr/mole at 520°-550°C and 1 atm. The Ga catalysts were regenerated in H2. Quantitative modeling of HZSM-5 and Ga/HZSM-5 that has focused on the kinetic parameters associated with Brønsted acid sites in HZSM-5, the chemical role of gallium and the associated kinetic parameters, and the optimal gallium content in modified HZSM-5 catalysts was presented. This is an abstract of a paper presented at the 229th ACS National Meeting (San Diego, CA 3/13-17/2005).

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 3 2005
Event229th ACS National Meeting - San Diego, CA., United States
Duration: Mar 13 2005Mar 17 2005


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