Faculty Advisor

Datta, Ravindra

Faculty Advisor

Ma, Yi H.


The combined operations of a membrane reactor with ethanol reforming have the potential to produce a hydrogen stream that does not need further purification. This study found that ethanol reforming under pressure in a packed bed reactor exhibits trends similar to studies at atmospheric conditions. However, the conversion decreases with increased pressure. Due to the poor hydrogen selectivity of the palladium membrane used in the membrane reactor study, the reactants permeated through the membrane and a lower conversion was obtained. Thus, pure hydrogen was not produced in the unit. It is proposed that the study be continued with a better prepared palladium membrane.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2002


Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering