375531 Some Early Meanderings in Unsteady-State Catalysis

Monday, November 17, 2014: 8:55 AM
303 (Hilton Atlanta)
George E. Keller, Chemicals, Energy and Environmental Technologies, Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research and Innovation Center (MATRIC), South Charleston, WV

Research work on unsteady-state reaction systems began at Union Carbide in the early 1970s.  During this period we discovered the catalytic oxidative coupling of methane to form ethylene and other species.  A number of other reactions were also studied.  This paper will cover how we did the experimentation, what some of the findings were, and how I began to formulate the principle of optimal dumbness as a valuable research tool.

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