High Temperature Membrane Reactors
Membrane reactors have the potential to improve the reactivity, productivity, and energy efficiency of various chemical syntheses including transesterification. To be of value, the membrane reactors must provide a higher use temperature, improved chemical resistance and better mass transfer. This project will evaluate the use of a high temperature, high mass transfer membrane system to enhance transesterification reactivity. First, novel membrane modules with improved upper-use temperature, chemical resistance, and mass transfer will be fabricated. Then, the modules will be tested to demonstrate enhanced transesterification. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The new membrane reactors should impact a broad platform of chemical reactions, leading to energy savings of over 50 trillion BTU/yr. The products impacted include fuel grade ethanol and pipeline ethanol.
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Research Institution Information:
Compact Membrane Systems, Inc.
325 Water Street Wilmington, DE 19804
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Kansas State University
2 Fairchild Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506 1103
Paul R. Lowe
Nonprofit college or university