Timko, Michael T.
Last year, Andersen Derosier and Jeremy Filteau did research on ethylene production from ethanol dehydration using ZSM-5. They noticed a trend in water loading with their experimentation and came to a conclusion that water inhibited ZSM-5 active sites. This experiment studied the kinetics of ethanol dehydration at lower conversion to determine whether their hypothesis was true and to see any other factors that may have caused that trend. The results from this experiment show that their hypothesis was true, and the reaction was limited due to diffusion limitations from the catalyst.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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