Microwave -activated structured reactors to maximize propylene selectivity in the oxidative dehydrogenation of propane

Adrian Ramirez, Jose L. Hueso, Reyes Mallada, Jesus Santamaria

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Microwave (MW) heating has been applied to increase the selectivity to propylene in the oxidative dehydrogenation (ODH) of propane. The preferential heating of the solid monolith (made of SiC, a good microwave susceptor), allows working with a lower gas phase temperature, reducing the formation of undesired by-products in the gas phase via homogeneous reactions. Conversion levels of ~ 21% and selectivity to propylene up to 70% have been achieved with MW-heated straight channel monolithic reactors coated with a VMgO catalyst. These competitive values contrast with the more limited performance delivered by the same catalytic system when it is subjected to conventional heating in a fixed-bed reactor configuration, thereby corroborating the advantage of working under a significant gas–solid temperature gap to minimize the extent of homogeneous reactions.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)124746
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2021-07-13
Acknowledgements: Financial support from the European Research Council (ERC Advanced Grant HECTOR-267626) and the Regional Government of Aragon (DGA) is gratefully acknowledged. The CIBER-BBN (initiative funded by the VI National R&D&i Plan 2008-2011, Iniciativa Ingenio 2010, Consolider Program, CIBER Actions and financed by the Instituto de Salud Carlos III with assistance from the European Regional Development Fund) is gratefully acknowledged. The synthesis of materials has been performed by the Platform of Production of Biomaterials and Nanoparticles of the NANOBIOSIS ICTS, more specifically by the Nanoparticle Synthesis Unit of the CIBER in BioEngineering, Biomaterials & Nanomedicine (CIBER-BBN).


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