Faculty Advisor

Clark, William M.


Catalysts are widely used in the chemical process industry to increase yields of industrial reactions. Using the packed bed reactors at WPI, which contain palladium and platinum catalysts, the kinetics of complete methane oxidation over were examined. The activation energy and reaction orders were calculated for this reaction over both catalysts and was found to be within the range provided by literature. The system was redesigned to deliver quicker and simpler results via the replacement of the gas chromatograph with CO2 meters. It was determined that the CO2 meters were a sufficient replacement for the purposes of unit operations experimentation. A new experimental procedure was designed to provide a more complete study and understanding of catalysis for chemical engineering students.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2013


Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering