International Journal of Applied Science and Engineering
Published by Chaoyang University of Technology

Sirinapa Arenamnarta and Wimonrat Trakarnprukb*

a Program of Petrochemistry and Polymer Science, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
b Functional Polymer and Petrochemistry Research Unit, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand


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The aqueous ethanol conversion was investigated on dealuminated mordenite (DM) and a series of DM/metal catalysts prepared by impregnation (IMP) and solid-state ion exchange (SSIE). The catalysts were characterized by X-ray fluorescence (XRF), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), nitrogen adsorption method (BET). The conversion of aqueous ethanol (10.0%) on mordenite/metal catalysts was compared at temperature of 350°C. reaction time of 1 h, WHSV (weight hourly space velocity) of 1 h-1 and catalyst weight of 1 g. The product is mainly ethylene with small quantity of other light olefins. At higher temperature (550°C) methane was formed as a result of decomposition reaction. Among several metals (Zn, Mn, Co, Rh, Ni, Fe and Ag) which were incorporated onto the mordenite to prepare DM/single and mixed metal catalysts tested in this work, it was found that DM/Zn and DM/Zn-Ag catalysts prepared by impregnation method gave the highest selectivity to ethylene. For DM/Ni catalyst, it showed high selectivity to ethane due to its hydrogenation ability.

Keywords: ethanol conversion; metal-supported mordenite; catalyst; ethylene

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Accepted: 2005-10-28
Available Online: 2006-04-04

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Arenamnart. S., Trakarnpruk, W. 2006. Ethanol conversion to ethylene using Metal-Mordenite catalysts. International Journal of Applied Science and Engineering, 4, 21–32.

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