Water Gas Shift Reaction in a glass microreactor

Catalysis Today, volume 120, issue 1, january 2007, pages 107-120

S. Mukherjeea, M.K. Hatalisb and M.V. Kotharea, Department of Chemical Engineering, Lehigh University, 111 Research Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015, USA. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Lehigh University, 16A Fairchild Laboratory, Bethlehem, PA 18015, USA

A micro scale glass reactor was designed, fabricated and characterized with Water Gas Shift Reaction (WGSR). The fabrication procedure was quick, uncomplicated, template-free and inexpensive and did not require any special clean room facility, making it ideal for first generation prototyping. The fabricated unit was able to withstand pressure and temperature of 1.65 MPa and 260 °C respectively. An important reaction in micro scale fuel processing, namely WGSR, was carried out in this microreactor using a packed bed of 50–75 μm commercial catalyst particles at 185–250 °C. The design sizing was based on a CO flow of 0.06 mol/h. Experimental results were used to develop a kinetic model of the reaction.

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