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Author(s): Alexandre F. P. Ferreira
João C. Santos
Marta G. Plaza
Nabil Lamia
José M. Loureiro
Alírio E. Rodrigues
Title: Suitability of Cu-BTC extrudates for propane-propylene separation by adsorption processes
Issue Date: 2011
Abstract: In this work, we investigate the potential of a MOF porous material, Cu-BTC in combination with cyclic adsorption processes (vacuum swing adsorption, VSA, and simulated moving bed, SMB) for the separation of propylene/propane mixture. A gravimetric method has been used to measure the adsorption isotherms of propylene, propane and isobutane onto Cu-BTC extrudates over a temperature range from 323 to 373 K and pressures up to 500 kPa. These were complemented by experimental characterization of the Cu-BTC material using XRD and SEM-EDS techniques. Whereas the separation and its kinetics were studied by breakthrough experiments on a column packed with the Cu-BTC material in the extruded form at 373 K. The Cu-BTC extrudates are selective towards propylene, highlighting the potential of this material for the separation of propane and propylene mixtures by PSA process. Furthermore, in a range of temperatures and pressures, the affinity of Cu-BTC for isobutane was observed to be intermediate to that of propane and propylene which suggest that isobutane is a promising desorbent in SMB processes for propane/propylene separations.
Subject: Engenharia química
Chemical engineering
Scientific areas: Ciências da engenharia e tecnologias::Engenharia química
Engineering and technology::Chemical engineering
Related Information: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia/Programa de Financiamento Plurianual de Unidades de I&D/PEst-C/EQB/LA0020/2011/Projeto Estratégico-LA 20 - 2011-2012/LA 20
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional
Rights: restrictedAccess
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