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Microreactor for efficient catalyst evaluation
Author(s): Ronald S. Besser; Sean Ouyang; Harshal Surangalikar; Michelle Prevot
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes ongoing work in the development of microreactor-based systems for applications in the chemical process industry. The microreactors discussed here are formed from silicon using robust micromachining processes to produce devices with micrometer-scale fluidic structures including passageways for the introduction and removal of gases, and a reaction zone with a thin-film catalyst. We describe experiments done to characterize these reactors for use as development tools for industrial catalytic processes in terms of catalyst screening, acquisition of rate laws, and determination of optimal process conditions. The system studied here, the reaction of a cyclic olefin (cyclohexene) with hydrogen in the presence of platinum catalyst, is a model for industrially important catalytic hydrogenation and dehydrogenation reactions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 September 2001
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4560, Microfluidics and BioMEMS, (28 September 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.443073
Show Author Affiliations
Ronald S. Besser, Louisiana Tech Univ. (United States)
Sean Ouyang, Louisiana Tech Univ. (United States)
Harshal Surangalikar, Louisiana Tech Univ. (United States)
Michelle Prevot, Louisiana Tech Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4560:
Microfluidics and BioMEMS
Carlos H. Mastrangelo; Holger Becker, Editor(s)

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