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Experimental system for the study of gas-solid heterogeneous catalysis in microreactors
Author(s): Francis Jones; Ronald S. Besser; Deng Qing; Ji Fang; Bill B. Elmore; Tianhong Cui
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Paper Abstract

An experimental system has been designed and constructed to conduct gas- solid heterogeneous catalytic reactions in microreactors. This apparatus is inteded to be used for any exothermic or endothermic reaction, including those with multiple feeds. It can be used to test the effectiveness of a microreactor design for a particular catalyst or to test the behavior of the catalyst itself. The system uses a test block that is plumbed for multiple feeds and vacuum to hold down a standard size microreactor chip. This chip has two exit vias, which includes one for the reactor effluent and one for the exit stream from a possible reactor membrane wall. The reactors are systems of channels with a smallest cross-dimension as small as 5 micrometers. The experimental system is equipped with temperature control and automatic data acquisition. The reactors can be stacked in order to scale up to higher throughput. A simulator has been developed that accounts for the unique physical aspects of reaction and flow in very small channels. Along with design, it assist in determining operating conditions and interpreting experimental results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 August 2000
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4177, Microfluidic Devices and Systems III, (18 August 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.395649
Show Author Affiliations
Francis Jones, Univ. of Tennessee/Chattanooga (United States)
Ronald S. Besser, Louisiana Tech Univ. (United States)
Deng Qing, Louisiana Tech Univ. (United States)
Ji Fang, Louisiana Tech Univ. (United States)
Bill B. Elmore, Louisiana Tech Univ. (United States)
Tianhong Cui, Louisiana Tech Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4177:
Microfluidic Devices and Systems III
Carlos H. Mastrangelo; Holger Becker, Editor(s)

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