Methanol to Aromatics
Mentor: Dr. David Bell
University of Wyoming
Honor’s Program Sheridan, WY
Methanol is a compound containing one carbon, three hydrogens, and one hydroxyl-group, or an oxygen-hydrogen group. Due to the single carbon, also known as the methyl-group, methanol can be used to build up other, larger carbon chains ranging from a two carbon chain to an eight carbon chain or larger. Using a special type of catalyst called a zeolite, these carbon chains can be built up and can form rings, or what are referred to as aromatics. These aromatics are desirable for their use in the chemical industry as they can be used to build up polymers that are used in everyday products. The process of turning methanol into aromatics also yields a variety of other carbon chain products that have their own uses as fuel sources, gasoline, and other chemical compounds needed in the chemical industry. This process design covers the necessary reaction for converting methanol to other carbon compounds, the removal of water from the carbon compounds, and the separations needed to isolate the compounds this process seeks.
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