Timko, Michael T.
In the global effort to reduce fossil fuel reliance, green ethylene is being produced through vapor phase catalytic dehydration of bio-ethanol. This project studied the benefits of ethanol dehydration with zeolite ZSM-5 in the liquid phase. Process variables manipulated were phase, feed flowrate ratio, and volume-hourly space velocity. Through gas chromatography, it was determined that liquid phase dehydration had comparable ethanol conversion and superior ethylene production on a per gram of catalyst basis. Further investigation of process variables is recommended.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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