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Dehydrogenation of cyclohexane to benzene in microreactors
Author(s): Francis Jones; Anand Kuppusamy; Ai-Ping Zheng
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Paper Abstract

Microreactors consisting of channels etched into silicon are used to dehydrogenate cyclohexane to benzene. These reactors are fabricated by wet etching into silicon. The reactors contain a system of 10 channels 10 micrometers deep, 500 micrometers wide, and 50 mm long. The surface of the channels is sputtered with platinum to catalyze the gas-solid heterogeneous reaction. This endothermic reaction is heated and kept isothermal at 200 degree(s)C. The level of conversion is linked to the details of the geometry, pressure, and fluid flow regime. Experiments and simulations show that conversion is higher in the Knudsen regime due to a higher level of molecule-wall collisions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 August 1999
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3877, Microfluidic Devices and Systems II, (19 August 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.359333
Show Author Affiliations
Francis Jones, Louisiana Tech Univ. (United States)
Anand Kuppusamy, Louisiana Tech Univ. (United States)
Ai-Ping Zheng, Louisiana Tech Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3877:
Microfluidic Devices and Systems II
Chong Hyuk Ahn; A. Bruno Frazier, Editor(s)

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