MacDonald, John C.
Thompson, Robert W.
Our project recognized the inefficiencies of current industry standards and investigated new, more effective ways to remove the organic backbone from Fe-ZSM-5 near room temperature. One step towards the inclusion of Fe-ZSM-5 in industrial processes is mass production. Large corporations are concerned about energy consumption taxing their process monetarily, and currently, the conventional method is to burn off the template at 600°C. Oxidation techniques were proposed to remove the template from within the zeolite, specifically ultra-violet radiation in the presence of peroxide and ozone treatment. The experiments illustrated that neither of these techniques, at the prescribed conditions, were adequate to remove the template from the Fe-ZSM-5 framework.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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Chemistry and Biochemistry