Renewable Aromatics from the Degradation of Polystyrene under Mild Conditions
KAUST DepartmentAdvanced Membranes and Porous Materials Research Center
Chemical Engineering Program
Chemical Science Program
Homogeneous Catalysis Laboratory (HCL)
KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC)
Physical Science and Engineering (PSE) Division
Polymer Synthesis Laboratory
Online Publication Date2017-05-25
Print Publication Date2017-12
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AbstractA bimetallic FeCu/alumina catalyst was prepared and characterized. It showed excellent catalytic activity to quantitatively convert polystyrene (PS) into aromatics at low temperatures. A clear goldish yellow liquid was produced at 250 °C in a batch reactor without distillation. A liquid yield of 66% in an inert environment was achieved without the formation of coke and gas by-products. An exposure time of 90 min. and a catalyst loading of 200 mg were considered as an optimum condition to minimize the styrene re-polymerization. The gas chromatography/ mass spectrometry (GC/MS) analysis confirms that the primary products are styrene, ethylbenzene, cumene, toluene and α-methylstyrene.
CitationJabri NM, Lai Z, Hadjichristidis N, Huang K-W (2017) Renewable Aromatics from the Degradation of Polystyrene under Mild Conditions. Journal of Saudi Chemical Society. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jscs.2017.05.005.
SponsorsWe are grateful for the generous support from King Abdullah unvercity of science and technology (KAUST). N.M.J. acknowledges Saudi Aramco for a Chapter 14 Ph.D. scholarship.
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