The effect of Cu dopant in zeolite on catalytic properties and deactivation incarbonylation of dimethyl ether

Ethanol has gained much attention as a potential fuel alternative or additive due to its environmental and long-term economic advantages. Recently, a method for synthesis of ethanol from syngas has been proposed. The purpose of this research is to explore the effects of Cu on the synthesis process, in order to find the most efficient means of creating ethanol. The expected results of this project, are to determine how exactly Cu contributes to the synthesis
process in the hopes of adding efficiency to the creation of this renewable energy source. In addition, this research project has the purpose of creating a personal link to China through the relationships that I build with colleagues that will help to broaden my understanding of research processes and accelerate my involvement in the development of large scale and economically viable renewable energy sources.

Faculty Supervisor:

Jesse Zhu


Katherine Lawrence



Engineering - chemical / biological



Western University



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