2012 patents

  • 15 patent applications

 

2012 publications

Catalytic epoxidation of styrene and methyl oleate over peroxophosphotungstate entrapped in mesoporous SBA-15

Abstract

A new route for the heterogenization of peroxophosphotungstate species was developed for the epoxidation of olefins such as styrene and methyl oleate with hydrogen peroxide. The polyoxometalate based catalyst was entrapped inside the pores of a mesoporous SBA-15 support thanks to the grafting of octyl groups at the pores entrance allowing their convenient recycling.

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Enhanced H2 Uptake in Solvents Confined in Mesoporous Metal–Organic Framework

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Hydrogen uptake at 298 K and 30 bar in hybrid sorbents consisting of n-hexane confined in MIL-101 is found to be 22 times larger than in sole n-hexane. The enhanced solubility in MIL-101, found to be 3 times larger than in mesoporous silica of similar pore size, highlights the key roles played by surface chemistry and accessible surface area.

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Nanocomposite MFI-Alumina Hollow Fiber Membranes: Influence of NOx and Propane on CO2/N2 Separation Properties

Abstract

This study provides a detailed survey of the effect of moisture, NOx and light hydrocarbons (i.e., propane) on the CO2/N2 permeation and separation properties of MFI-type hollow-fiber membranes in view of on board CO2 capture applications in Diesel vehicles. Five different MFI-alumina samples have been prepared including different degrees of isomorphous boron and germanium substitution, as well as ex framework proton exchange by copper. The quality of the synthesized hollow fibers has been primarily assessed by pure N2 permeation and n-butane/H2 and SF6/N2 separation at room temperature. The different materials show preferential CO2/N2 and CO2/NO selectivity at low CO2 feed concentrations (∼10%) in the temperature range 298–373 K, which can be appreciably promoted under the presence of propane (1 v/v %). The materials show stable and high CO2 permeances even in the presence of large amounts of water in the feed stream. On the basis of the permeation and separation data measured in this study, we present a refined simulation study of a membrane cascade system constituted of two hollow-fiber membrane modules coupled to a DeNox unit for on board CO2 capture and liquefaction/supercritical storage in heavy vehicles (>40 tn).

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