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Integrated new process for propene production
Projektbearbeiter:
A. Seidel-Morgenstern, L. Alvarado Perea, T. Wolff, Prof. C. Hamel
Finanzierung:
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) ;
This project aims to support the continuation of a successful cooperation between the Chair for Chemical Process Engineering at OvGU (Prof. Seidel-Morgenstern), the MPI in Magdeburg (Dr. Wolff) with Dr.-Ing Leo Alvarado Perea and Prof. Hamel (University of Applied Sciences Anhalt in Köthen, OvGU).
Propene, together with ethene, is one of the central building blocks in the petrochemical industry. However, the industry evolved around steam cracking technology has been designed to maximize ethene production, and propene comes along only as by-product. On the other hand, in the last years the market of propene has experienced an increasing in its demand due to its consumption mainly in polypropene and propene oxide manufacture . Therefore, traditional sources based on steam cracking technology are not sufficient to face this increasing demand.
The production of propene has been relegated as by-product in the ethene production. Thus, propene production is strongly influenced by the feed conditions, whereby the utilization of lighter feedstocks from low-cost natural shale gas reduces considerably the propene production in steam cracker units. Therefore, this raises the question how the chemical industry will address this imbalance and ensure adequate propene supplies into the future . Consequently, to meet the increasing demand for the propene production, on-purpose technologies will be of great interest. In this sense, several strategies have been proposed for propene production; the dehydrogenation of propane , the catalytic cracking of C4 alkenes to propene , the metathesis of ethene and 2-butene and the direct conversion of ethene to propene. The mentioned processes have several drawbacks that make difficult an industrial application e. g. deactivation of the catalysts, a wide spectrum of reaction products that reduce the propene selectivity.

Schlagworte

Catalysis, ETP, Propylene
Kontakt
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christof Hamel

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christof Hamel

Hochschule Anhalt

FB 7: Angewandte Biowissenschaften und Prozesstechnik

Bernburger Straße 55

06366

Köthen (Anhalt)

Tel.+49 3496 672556

c.hamel(at)bwp.hs-anhalt.de

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