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Poster prize at 19th Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference

last modified Jul 21, 2015 04:44 PM
Samson Aworinde
Poster prize at 19th Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference

L-R: PhD students Silvio Curia (University of Nottingham), Andrea Muñoz García (University of York), and Sam Aworinde (University of Cambridge)

Samson Aworinde, a PhD student in the Sustainable Reaction Engineering group at CEB, recently won the second best poster prize at the 19th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference held in Washington DC, 14-16 July, 2015.

The poster presentation, titled “Reaction engineering concepts for selectivity improvement in partial oxidation of hydrocarbons”, included the modeling and simulation studies of a membrane microstructured reactor for the selective oxidation of o-xylene to phthalic anhydride (PA), an important chemical intermediate used for a wide range of applications. Increasing PA selectivity i.e. reducing the amount of by-products mainly CO2 in the process has the potential to bring considerable economic, process efficiency and environmental benefits to the petrochemical industry.

Sam Aworinde with Dr Diane Grob Schmidt (ACS President)
The reactor concept, which integrated the benefits of a microreactor with a membrane for oxygen distribution, resulted in significantly improved PA selectivity compared to a conventional fixed-bed reactor operating under industrial conditions.
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