364849 Catalytic Dehydration of Methyl Lactate

Sunday, November 16, 2014: 3:50 PM
303 (Hilton Atlanta)
Bingjun Xu, Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Delaware, Newark, DE and Brian Murphy, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Catalytic dehydration of methyl lactate to acrylic acid and methyl acrylate on NaY is investigated via in-situ transmission FTIR spectroscopy. Ion exchange, Bronsted acid site-mediated dehydration and displacement reaction are proposed to be the key mechanistic steps in the surface mediated chemical transformation. Design principles for bifunctional catalysts have been developed based on the mechanistic insights will be discussed.

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