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VOC oxidation in excess of oxygen using flow-through catalytic membrane reactor.

Kajama, Mohammed Nasir; Shehu, Habiba; Okon, Edidiong; Orakwe, Ify; Gobina, Edward


Mohammed Nasir Kajama

Habiba Shehu

Edidiong Okon

Ify Orakwe

Edward Gobina


Platinum gamma-alumina (Pt/{esc}gc{esc}s-Al2O3) impregnated membrane was prepared through the evaporative-crystallization deposition method for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) conversion to carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O). The catalytic oxidation of VOCs (propane, n-butane and propylene), fed alone with oxygen were obtained after characterization (SEM-EDXA observation, BET measurement, permeability assessment). VOC conversion of 95%, 52% and 82% for propane, n-butane and propylene was achieved at 3780C, 2450C and 4200C respectively, by varying the reaction temperature using the contactor flow-through catalytic membrane reactor operating in the Knudsen flow regime. The BET surface area and the pore diameter of the 3.52 wt% Pt membrane are 0.426m2/g and 3.70nm respectively. The results are comparable with the literature.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 5, 2016
Journal International journal of hydrogen energy
Print ISSN 0360-3199
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 41
Issue 37
Pages 16529-16534
Institution Citation KAJAMA, M.N., SHEHU, H., OKON, E., ORAKWE, I. and GOBINA, E. 2016. VOC oxidation in excess of oxygen using flow-through catalytic membrane reactor. International journal of hydrogen energy [online], 41(37), pages 16529-16534. Available from:
Keywords Platinum catalysts; Flow through membrane reactors; VOC oxidation; Tubular mesoporous membrane