(641b) Cyclodextrins As Mass Transfer Agents for Au-Pd Nanoparticle Catalyzed Selective Oxidation Reaction of Methane in a Microfluidic Flow System
AIChE Annual Meeting
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 8:22am to 8:44am
In the present research, the translation of this process from a traditional batch reactor used in previous research into a continuous microfluidic flow system and its feasibility was investigated. The microfluidic flow system was designed for continuous high pressure multiphase segmented flow in order to facilitate mass transfer processes via high interfacial surface to volume ratio and Taylor mixing. An additional advantage of such a system is that microreactors can expedite kinetic information compared to traditional batch reactors. The use of cyclodextrin as a mass transfer agent for the reaction was also investigated. Cyclodextrins are cyclic oligosaccharides with an internal hydrophobic cavity and external hydrophilic rim6. This property may be exploited to increase the solubility of methane in water and influence the final yield of the reaction. The results of these investigations will be presented and discussed.
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