jieunl3 at Illinois dot edu
Parts Czar (Current)
Project Description: Ethers are of great interest for industrial application and have a large market, for example, in surfactants or industrial solvents. Previous attempts to produce ether have had environmental and economic problems. In this study, we are examining zeolite-based, heterogenous catalysts for direct reduction of ester to ether using hydrogen. Kinetic study along with characterizations will lead us to a better understanding of the reaction networks and mechanisms of ester reduction to ether on metal zeolite catalyst. Also, this study aims to provide a catalyst design principle for high biomass-derived ether formation rates and selectivity.