Kinetic modeling of ethylbenzene dehydrogenation over hydrotalcite catalysts

Luqman Atanda, Nabil Al-Yassir, Sulaiman Al-Khattaf

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Kinetics of ethylbenzene dehydrogenation to styrene was investigated over a series of quaternary mixed oxides of Mg3Fe0.25Me0.25Al0.5 (Me=Co, Mn and Ni) catalysts prepared by calcination of hydrotalcite-like compounds and compared with commercial catalyst. The study was carried out in the absence of steam using a riser simulator at 400, 450, 500 and 550°C for reaction times of 5, 10, 15 and 20s. Mg3Fe0.25Mn0.25Al0.5 afforded the highest ethylbenzene conversion of 19.7% at 550°C. Kinetic parameters for the dehydrogenation process were determined using the catalyst deactivation function based on reactant conversion model. The apparent activation energies for styrene production were found to decrease as follows: E1-Ni>E1-Co>E1-Mn. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1387-1398
Number of pages12
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2011
Externally publishedYes

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): K-C1-019-12
Acknowledgements: This publication was based on work supported in part by Award No. K-C1-019-12 made by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). In addition, the authors express their appreciation for the financial support from the Centre for Research Excellence in Petroleum Refining and Petrochemicals at King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals. The authors also acknowledge the contribution of Prof. Emeritus K. Takehira (Hiroshima University, Higashi-Hiroshima, Japan). Mr. Mariano Gica is also acknowledged for his help during the experimental work.
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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