Modular Catalytic Partial Oxidation Reactors Using Microstructured Catalyst Structures with Combined High Thermal Conductivity and Flame Extinction Capacity to Enhance Process Safety Margins and Enable High Per Pass Conversion and High Selectivity

This project looks to use IntraMicron’s platform technology of microfibrous entrapped catalysts (MFEC) to create a safer and more efficient process for the production of ethylene oxide (EO). Ethylene oxide is produced via the exothermic reaction of oxygen with ethylene. Because of the poor heat transfer and flow distribution in current packed bed reactors, hotspots form in the bed, resulting in poor selectivity. To mitigate these issues, EO processes are typically operated with sub-stoichiometric oxygen concentrations resulting in only a 10-12% ethylene conversion per pass.

Investigators

Bruce Tatarchuck

Partner Organizations

Auburn University

Modular Mechanical Vapor Compression-Membrane Distillation (MVC-MD) for Treatment of High TDS Produced Water

This projects aims to integrate mechanical vapor compression with membrane distillation (MVC-MD) to intensify the treatment of produced water resulted from hydraulic fracturing of shale oil and gas. In particular, MD is interesting because it offers a viable pathway to treat concentrated brine streams with high salinity brines, and it has the potential to be utilized for near-zero liquid discharge. However, MD in its current state is handicapped by significant energy intensity due to loss of heat of evaporation, and scaling (fouling).

Investigators

Mahdi Malmali
Assistant professor of Chemical Engineering

RAPID MCPI - Energy Efficient Technology for Metals Separation

This project addresses the demonstration of a low-cost and low-energy pathway for the separation of metals from mixed scrap based on ionic liquids. The goal of the project is to develop and demonstrate a novel electrochemical process for the separation of metals from mixed scrap using ionic liquids (ILs) at low temperatures.

Investigators

Ramana Reddy
Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Date approved

January 01, 2018
Current TRL
3

Multiphase Microchannel Separator

In conventional two-phase separation, mass transport between the two phases can be intensified via increased surface area, usually in the form of smaller droplets or bubbles, resulting in higher energy cost due to agitation or mixing and slower processing time as the smaller droplet phase requires more time to separate. One can increase processing speed in centrifugal extractors but this, in turn, increases energy requirements significantly. Often, microscale process intensification is at odds with macroscale energy efficiency in conventional systems.

Investigators

Goran Jovanovic
Professor, Chemical Engineering

Partner Organizations

Oregon State University

Date approved

January 01, 2018
Current TRL
4

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