Novel Catalysts for Alkane Dehydrogenation

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Alkane dehydrogenation is a chemical reaction that removes hydrogen from an organic molecule. The removal of hydrogen from alkanes makes it more reactive. Current catalysts used in alkane dehydrogenation are limited to lower temperatures. Most of the new shale gas formations have excess ethane, which requires processing at high temperatures, eliminating the use of current catalysts with ethane. The over reduction of current catalysts results in permanent activity loss. In addition, current catalysts are not very stable and have low selectivity. There is a need for new and improved heterogeneous catalysts, including heterogeneous catalysts for alkane dehydrogenation. In addition, there is a need for heterogeneous catalysts for alkane dehydrogenation that have high thermal stability and that form reduced amounts of side products and coke during alkane dehydrogenation compared to known catalysts.

Researchers at Purdue University have developed novel platinum (Pt) catalysts for the alkane dehydrogenation process. These catalysts can operate at very high temperatures without loss of activity, have higher rates of selectivity, longer life, and form less carbon, which is always a problem for reactions at high temperatures.

-Higher thermal stability and selectivity
-Highly effective and stable
-Superior performance
-Longer life
-Forms less carbon
-Can process ethane
-Compatible with existing equipment

Potential Applications:
-Oil companies
-Chemical companies
-Technology companies
Oct 16, 2018
Utility Patent
United States
Apr 6, 2021

Oct 31, 2017
United States

Oct 16, 2017
United States
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