(413e) Hydrogenation of Renewable Oil in Microscale-Based Reactor
Our research group has developed an innovative microscale-based hydrogenation reactor, which is âinfinitelyâ scalable and suitable for industrial scale deployment. The hydrogenation process is performed on 0.7mm-thin âLamina Platesâ that contains microscale architectural features. These features enable microfluidic two-phase flow through favorable contacting patterns between the oil phase, hydrogen phase, and Ni-Mo catalyst. Ni-Mo catalyst is coated on reactor walls (i.e. âLamina Plateâ surface). We also present the manufacturing process and fabrication & control of catalyst coating on the âLamina Plateâ. With this innovative microscale-based hydrogenation reactor, mass transfer limitations are eliminated, which can enable exceptional insight into intrinsic reaction kinetics of this complex hydrogenation reaction process. We report the values of the reaction rate constants determined from experimental measurements via numerical simulation of a comprehensive mathematical model.
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