Synthesis of hierarchical porous Ti-ZSM-5 and it’s performances for alkylation of benzene

The alkylation of benzene is receiving increased attention in petrochemical industry. This is because it is potentially an alternative to produce xylene (used in production of polyester and plastic water bottles) from coal and natural gas. It is expected that changing the acidity of the reaction catalyst would improve the utilization of methanol in the reaction. A more efficient catalytic benzene alkylation, using methanol, will decrease production costs as well as energy consumption. This project is also about broadening my research skills and creating global academic network. It will allow me to gain a greater understanding of research processes and expand on my learning from my engineering studies.

Faculty Supervisor:

Jesse Zhu


Carolyn Tait



Engineering - chemical / biological



Western University



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