Notable Research with Social Impact

Catalytic ethanol dehydration and dehydrogenation to value added products

Project undertaken by: Professor Dr. Bunjerd Jongsomjit

E-mail:  02-2186874, 089-7697506

Partner: Petrochemical industry (Upstream process)

About research: The research in catalytic ethanol dehydration and dehydrogenation to value added products aims to utilize ethanol more efficiently. Ethanol is derived from biomass via fermentation, a renewable and green process. At present, the use of ethanol is limited mostly as a solvent and fuel additive. However, ethanol can be converted to more valuable products, such as ethylene, diethyl ether and acetaldehyde, by catalytic processes. For instance, ethanol can be converted to ethylene and diethyl ether by catalytic dehydration, whereas acetaldehyde is produced via catalytic dehydrogenation of ethanol. Therefore, the development of suitable catalysts used in these processes is crucial. The new knowledge obtained from this research will be used as references for petrochemical industries.

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Associate Professor Dr. Suchana Chavanich Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University