Functionalized Zeolites Catalyst for the Production of Valuable Chemical Feedstock from Natural Gas in Brunei
The aim of this project is to synthesize functionalized zeolites catalyst for methane activation reaction. The activation of methane enables the direct conversion of methane (a major component of natural gas) into higher monetary value chemicals such as alcohols, syngas, alkenes, alkynes and aromatics, a reaction regarded as the “holy grail” in the chemical industry. Zeolite comprises of a crystalline framework of aluminosilicates and because of its high porosity and reactive acidic sites, zeolites has shown to have exceptional performance as catalyst in various reactions in the chemical industry. The active sites can be chemically modified to enhance its catalytic performance, thus to functionalise the catalyst. The world market demand for zeolites catalyst is USD20 billion in and it is projected to grow to USD24 billion by 2018.
Application invited for: Masters PhD