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Abstract by Camille Jackson

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Presenter's Name

Camille Jackson

Degree Level

Undergraduate

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Department

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Faculty Advisor

Kara Stowers

Title

Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Ethane

Abstract

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.