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Title: Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Ethane: A Chemical Looping Approach

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  1. Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, N.C. State University, 911 Partners Way Raleigh NC 27695-7905 USA
  2. EcoCatalytic Technologies LLC, 9 Deer Park Drive, Suite J-1. Monmouth Junction NJ 08852 USA
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Energy Technology
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Journal Volume: 4; Journal Issue: 10; Related Information: CHORUS Timestamp: 2017-10-20 15:08:35; Journal ID: ISSN 2194-4288
Wiley Blackwell (John Wiley & Sons)
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Neal, Luke M., Yusuf, Seif, Sofranko, John A., and Li, Fanxing. Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Ethane: A Chemical Looping Approach. Germany: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1002/ente.201600074.
Neal, Luke M., Yusuf, Seif, Sofranko, John A., & Li, Fanxing. Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Ethane: A Chemical Looping Approach. Germany. doi:10.1002/ente.201600074.
Neal, Luke M., Yusuf, Seif, Sofranko, John A., and Li, Fanxing. 2016. "Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Ethane: A Chemical Looping Approach". Germany. doi:10.1002/ente.201600074.
title = {Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Ethane: A Chemical Looping Approach},
author = {Neal, Luke M. and Yusuf, Seif and Sofranko, John A. and Li, Fanxing},
abstractNote = {},
doi = {10.1002/ente.201600074},
journal = {Energy Technology},
number = 10,
volume = 4,
place = {Germany},
year = 2016,
month = 6

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  • The addition of chloride ions to a Li{sup +}-MgO catalyst at a ratio of Cl/Li {>=} 0.9 significantly improves the yields of ethylene that can be achieved during the oxidative dehydrogenation (OXD) of ethane. At 620{degrees}C, C{sub 2}H{sub 4} yields of 58% (75% conversion, 77% selectivity) have been maintained for up to 50 h on stream. These ethylene yields are consistent with the large C{sub 2}H{sub 4}/{sub 2}H{sub 6} ratios that are attained over these catalysts during the oxidative coupling of CH{sub 4}. The activity of the catalysts with Cl/Li {>=} 0.9 is partly a result of the fact CO{submore » 2} formed during the reaction does not poison the catalyst. In addition, the surface areas of the chlorided catalysts are greater than those which contain a comparable amount of Li, but no chloride ions. Based upon the activity results, CO{sub 2} temperature-programmed desorption data, and X-ray photoelectron spectra, a model has been proposed in which lithium is mainly present as LiCl on the MgO support, provided a nearly stoichiometric amount of chloride is available. The active centers are believed to be associated with a thin (atomic) layer of Li{sub 2}O that partially covers the LiCl crystallites. This Li{sub 2}O is capable of activating {sub 2}H{sub 6}, but its basic strength has been modified so that it does not form carbonate ions at 620{degrees}C. When the amount of chloride is limited, or is not present at all, multilayers of more strongly basic Li{sub 2}O form on the surface of LiCl and/or on the MgO. In the presence of CO{sub 2}, this Li{sub 2}O is extensively converted to Li{sub 2}CO{sub 3}, which is inactive for the OXD reaction. 20 refs., 9 figs., 6 tabs.« less
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  • Vanadium pentoxide catalysts have been studied in the partial oxidation reaction of ethane in the 723-843 K temperature range. The relationship between the acid-base properties and the catalytic behavior was investigated. The number and character of acidic sites of V{sub 2}O{sub 5} catalysts were determined by studying the adsorption of a basic molecule using microcalorimetry. The reducibility level and the evolution of the surface state, as well as the heat evolved, were studied by using a pulse method with pure ethane only. The reaction of ethane oxidative dehydrogenation was studied by a continuous flow method and the activation energies formore » the formation of C{sub 2}H{sub 4} and CO were calculated. The selectivity of the catalyst was interpreted in connection with the acid-base properties. The strong sites were observed to decrease rapidly with time on stream, although the catalysts were still active. Temperature-programmed reduction of V{sub 2}O{sub 5} using a TG-DSC coupling was also investigated with hydrogen, ethylene, or ethane as reducers. The different heats of reduction are given. It was observed that C{sub 2}H{sub 4} is a much more efficient reducing agent than H{sub 2} and C{sub 2}H{sub 6}. Following each reduction, reoxidation studies by oxygen were performed in the same equipment showing clearly different step in the reoxidation process. 20 refs., 8 figs., 1 tab.« less
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  • The oxidative dehydrogenation of ethane to ethylene over Pt-coated foam monoliths in oxygen with varying levels of nitrogen dilution has been simulated using a 24-step model of adsorption, desorption and surface reactions. Reaction parameters for these elementary steps were obtained from surface science and catalysis literature or fit to previously reported experimental data. The model agrees with the experimental data remarkably well, mimicking the selectivity and conversion trends observed experimentally with changing operating conditions. The model shows that a purely heterogeneous mechanism can be used to simulate the experimental results collected near atmospheric pressure accurately, suggesting that the mechanism themore » authors propose is sufficiently accurate to capture the main features of this reaction system. This model can also be used to examine this reaction system under conditions experimentally inaccessible. Application of this predictive ability to operation of this type of reactor under probable industrial conditions suggests that excellent ethylene yields are possible.« less