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Reactor studies of supported ionic liquids: Rhodium-catalysed hydrogenation of propene

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Keith Scott, Dr Nikolay Basov, Dr Roshan Jachuck


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Rhodium-based catalysts in ionic liquids have been used for the hydrogenation of propene in a reactor composed of thin layers of catalyst solution supported on or in corrugated polymer sheets operated in a cross-corrugated configuration. The effect of the number of corrugated sheets and of reactant gas flow rate is described. Conversions to propane of up to 95% have been demonstrated and reactor performance has been maintained over hundreds of hours of operation. The catalyst-membrane system based on rhodium(I)-[bmim]PF6-PESC was found to be remarkably robust, retaining high levels of activity after removal from the reactor, storage in air for 3 months and re-introduction into the reactor. © 2005 Institution of Chemical Engineers.

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Author(s): Scott K, Basov N, Jachuck RJJ, Winterton N, Cooper A, Davies C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Chemical Engineering Research and Design

Year: 2005

Volume: 83

Issue: 10 A

Pages: 1179-1185

ISSN (print): 0263-8762

ISSN (electronic): 1744-3563

Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


DOI: 10.1205/cherd.04303


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