Abstract by Camille Jackson
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Ethane
Oxidative dehydrogenation of ethane to ethylene is an ideal alternative method to ethane cracking. ODH requires lower reaction temperatures with less side reactions, but it tends to over-oxidize when using oxygen as the oxidant. To avoid the over-oxidation of ethane, CO2 is implemented as a soft oxidant. Using CO2 as the oxidant is advantageous because CO2 is an abundant greenhouse gas.The reaction is known to work, but it is still unknown what catalyst is optimal for the reaction. Supported chromium and manganese catalysts were tested with varying conditions to optimize the reaction.