Renewable Aromatics from the Degradation of Polystyrene under Mild Conditions
KAUST DepartmentPhysical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) Division
KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC)
Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Research Center
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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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