Timko, Michael T.
This project studied the effects that cation exchanges have on both the framework stability and the crystallinity of zeolite ZSM-5 as a catalyst used in the ethanol dehydration process. Sodium, iron and gallium were the cations used in this experiment and were exposed to various treatment times in hot liquid water at 300C in a batch reaction. Supporting data from X-Ray Diffraction, Infrared Spectroscopy, and pH measurements indicate sodium-exchanged ZSM-5 to be most favorable due to its high stability and crystallinity.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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