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Organic pollution selective degradation by adsorption on high silica zeolites and regeneration by ozone

Manero, Marie-Hélène and Monneyron, Pierre and Mathé, Stéphane Organic pollution selective degradation by adsorption on high silica zeolites and regeneration by ozone. (2007) In: 7th World Congress of Chemical Engineering, 10-14 Jul 2005, Glasgow .

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compchemeng.2007.02.003


This study concerns the treatment of industrial airstreams polluted with volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and focuses on highlighting the experimental feasibility of a new hybrid process combining VOC adsorption on hydrophobic zeolites and regeneration by an ozonated airstream in a single reactor. A preliminary study of high-silica zeolites has shown the different kinds of interactions between gaseous ozone and two mineral zeolitic adsorbents, a faujasite Y (FauY) and a ZSM-5 type silicalite (SilZ), and the conservation of the solids adsorption properties (capacities and selectivity) after their contact with ozone. Here, results concerning the contact of gaseous ozone and zeolites saturated with adsorbed VOC are presented. Using temperature measurements inside the fixed bed, oxidation of two models VOC, methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) and toluene (TOL), was observed on both zeolites. Adsorbents were fully regenerated, and the adsorption capacities of the zeolites after their contact with ozone were not affected when used in a discontinuous adsorption / oxidation mode. In addition, the adsorbed VOC were totally mineralized. Detection and identification of oxidation sub-products traces using mass spectrometer - gas chromatography (formic, oxalic, acetic acids, and acetaldehyde for TOL and 2,3-butanedione and acetic acid for MEK) makes possible the indentification of oxidative species. Moreover, a mass balance on oxygen showed that all the produced ozone was used for organic compounds oxidation. There was no or very little ozone lost via side-effect decomposition/deactivation mechanisms. At last, using the zeolites selectivity determined in a previous study toward a binary MEK-TOL mixture, the adsorption / ozonation cyclic process enables the recovery of the minor compound and the selective oxidation of the other component. The great interest of this new process is clearly highlighted, and the technology transfer to industrial operating plants is now studied.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information:Thanks to Elsevier editor.
Audience (conference):International conference proceedings
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Institution:Other partners > Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie et de Physique de Bordeaux - ENSCPB (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse - INSA (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université de Bordeaux 1 (FRANCE)
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