Photocatalytic process optimisation for ethylene oxidation

Tom Tytgat, Birger Hauchecorne, Artem M. Abakumov, Marianne Smits, Sammy W. Verbruggen, Silvia Lenaerts

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When studying photocatalysis it is important to consider, beside the chemical approach, the engineering part related to process optimisation. To achieve this a fixed bed photocatalytic set-up consisting of different catalyst placings, in order to vary catalyst distribution, is studied. The use of a fixed quantity of catalyst placed packed or randomly distributed in the reactor, results in an almost double degradation for the distributed catalyst. Applying this knowledge leads to an improved performance with limited use of catalyst. A reactor only half filled with catalyst leads to higher degradation performance compared to a completely filled reactor. Taking into account this simple process optimisation by better distributing the catalyst a more sustainable photocatalytic air purification process is achieved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)494-500
Number of pages7
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
Publication statusPublished - 5 Oct 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Ethylene
  • Photocatalysis
  • Process optimisation
  • Titanium dioxide


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