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This website is intended to be more holistic, more sharing about chemical engineering from more professional experts. We have created a platform for others to contribute and share articles/views/ideas/knowledge etc and the contributors will have their own brief bio-box at the end of his/her own writing. The contributing author can place his/her URL website link and other social media link. This can further promote the authors and induce visibility to the world.

There are more features in this website which we will share an update later end of this month. Stay tune.

Publication in Chemical Engineering Journal

Alhamdulillah, I managed to publish a new manuscript in a Q1 rated journal. The title of my paper is “Catalyst screening for conversion of glycerol to light olefins”, Chemical Engineering Journal 207–208 (2012) 803–813.

Here is the abstract:

Catalyst screening for conversion of glycerol to light olefins

Screening of modified ZSM-5 catalysts for conversion of glycerol to light olefins has been investigated. In this study HZSM-5, Al/ZSM-5, Ca/ZSM-5, Cr/ZSM-5, Cu/ZSM-5, Li/ZSM-5, Mg/ZSM-5 and Ni/ZSM-5 zeolite catalysts were prepared, tested and screened. The catalysts were characterized to relate their properties with catalyst activity. XRD and FTIR characterization results demonstrated that the structure of the catalysts remained intact while BET revealed the surface and micropore areas decreased after metal loading. TPR data exhibited the reduction phenomenon of the catalysts. NH3-TPD analysis indicated that Cu/ZSM5 catalyst has relatively more moderate and strong active acid sites compared to others. GC TCD/FID analysis detected light olefins and paraffins; methane, CO and CO2 in the gaseous product stream. The acidity of the catalyst affected olefin production, but no direct correlation between surface area and olefin yield was observed. The turnover frequency (TOF) for Cu/ZSM-5 and Cr/ZSM-5 catalysts were significantly high comparatively. Cu/ZSM-5 produced the highest light olefins selectivity and yield due to the synergistic effect of the physico-chemical properties between the parent ZSM-5 and the metals.

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It is also listed in my Publication > Journals Tab in this site.