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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/γ-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 378°C, 245°C and 420°C 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 3.52wt% Pt membrane are 0.426m2/g and 3.70nm respectively. The results are comparable with the literature.


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:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 22, 2016
Online Publication Date Jun 17, 2016
Publication Date Oct 5, 2016
Deposit Date Jun 27, 2016
Publicly Available Date Jun 18, 2017
Journal International journal of hydrogen energy
Print ISSN 0360-3199
Electronic ISSN 1879-3487
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 41
Issue 37
Pages 16529-16534
Keywords Platinum catalysts; Flow through membrane reactors; VOC oxidation; Tubular mesoporous membrane
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