Abstract by Kelsey Canizales
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Brian Woodfield, Kara Stowers
NiO on Novel Silica-doped Gamma Alumina as an Improved Catalyst for the Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Ethane
The oxidative dehydrogenation of ethane to ethylene has emerged as the most promising industrial production pathway. NiO catalysts synthesized on novel gamma-alumina and silica-doped gamma-alumina supports are effective in decreasing the temperature and increasing the selectivity for ethylene in the oxidative dehydrogenation of ethane. Larger catalytic surface area and effective dispersion of metal oxide particles has increased available catalytic active sites, thus increasing ethane conversion and ethylene yield at temperatures from 300-500°C. We present that our compounds provide comparable and even improved catalytic abilities compared to other reported NiO alumina catalysts.