The effects of higher oxygenates on methanol synthesis

Blain, Stuart (2010) The effects of higher oxygenates on methanol synthesis. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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In the current investigation the effects of higher oxygenate species on the methanol synthesis performance of various methanol synthesis catalysts were examined. Experiments were performed whereby a selected higher oxygenate (such as a carboxylic acid) was co-fed into a methanol synthesis system at low concentrations, and the results monitored by on-line GC analysis. Bulk changes in the morphology of the catalysts post reaction were investigated using XRD. Temperature programmed oxidations (TPO’s) were also performed on the catalysts post reaction to determine if carbon deposition occurred during reaction. Catalysts investigated include Rh/SiO2, Ir/SiO2, Pd/SiO2, Pd/Ca/SiO2 and an industrial methanol synthesis catalyst of a Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 formulation. The effect of the feed gas on the behaviour of the higher oxygenates were also investigated by varying the feed gas composition.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: methanol synthesis, higher oxygenate
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Colleges/Schools: College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
Funder's Name: UNSPECIFIED
Supervisor's Name: Jackson, Professor David S.
Date of Award: 2010
Embargo Date: 26 August 2016
Depositing User: Mr Stuart Blain
Unique ID: glathesis:2010-1601
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2010
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2016 15:48

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