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  • 1.
    Farzaneh, Amirfarrokh
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser.
    Adsorption Properties of MFI-Type Zeolite Films for Upgrading of Biofuels2016Doktorsavhandling, sammanläggning (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
    Abstract [en]

    With the depleting reservoirs of fossil fuels, increasing environmental concerns for flue-gas emissions from fossil-fuel combustion and growing world population, the need for the development of new sustainable fuels is higher than ever. However, to be able to compete with today’s mature technologies for production of fuels from fossil sources, new efficient processing alternatives for upgrading of biofuels must be developed.

       Bio-fuels produced by e.g. fermentative processes are promising alternatives to traditional chemicals and fuels produced from fossil sources. Recovery of biofuels by selective membranes and adsorbents has been identified as promising energy efficient recovery routes.

    In this work, adsorption properties of MFI-type zeolite films were studied using in situ ATR-FTIR spectroscopy in order to understand the adsorption properties of these zeolites.

       Single component adsorption isotherms of butanol and water vapor were determined at different temperatures using ATR-FTIR spectroscopy. The Langmuir and Sips model were successfully fitted to experimental data, and the fitted parameters obtained in this work were in very good agreement with values reported in the literature. Adsorbed amounts of butanol and water from binary vapor mixtures were extracted from the infrared spectra as well as the adsorption selectivities. The silicalite-1 film prepared in fluoride medium found to be significantly more butanol selective due to the exceptionally low density of defects in the structure.

       Biogas (methane) is another promising biofuel that is commonly produced by anaerobic degradation of biomass. However, before it may be used, contaminants have to be removed from the gas; two of the most abundant contaminants in biogas are carbon dioxide and water vapor. Adsorption of a ternary mixture of methane, carbon dioxide and water vapor in zeolite Na-ZSM-5 has been studied at various compositions and temperatures using ATR–FTIR spectroscopy. The amount adsorbed determined from experimental data were compared to predictions by the Ideal Adsorbed Solution Theory (IAST). This result confirms that Na-ZSM-5 could be a promising membrane material for upgrading of biogas.

  • 2.
    Farzaneh, Amirfarrokh
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Kemiteknik.
    An in-situ ATR-FTIR Study of the Adsorption Properties of MFI Type Zeolites for Upgrading of Biofuels2014Licentiatavhandling, sammanläggning (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
    Abstract [en]

    With the depleting reservoirs of fossil fuels, increasing environmental concerns for flue-gas emissions from fossil-fuel combustion and growing world population, the need for the development of new sustainable fuels is higher than ever. However, to be able to compete with today’s mature technologies for production of fuels from fossil sources, new efficient processing alternatives for upgrading of biofuels must be developed. Bio-fuels produced by e.g. fermentative processes are promising alternatives to traditional chemicals and fuels produced from fossil sources. Recovery of biofuels by selective membranes and adsorbents has been identified as promising energy efficient recovery routes. In this work, the adsorption of water and butanol vapor in silicalite-1 and ternary adsorption of methane, water and carbon dioxide in zeolite Na-ZSM-5 were studied using in-situ ATR-FTIR spectroscopy in order to understand the adsorption properties of these zeolites. Single component adsorption isotherms of butanol and water vapor were determined at different temperatures using ATR-FTIR spectroscopy. The Langmuir model was successfully fitted to experimental data, and the fitted parameters obtained in this work were in very good agreement with values reported in the literature. The butanol/water adsorption selectivity determined was as high as 107 for a model ABE vapor mixture which shows that the adsorption of butanol silicalite-1 was very favorable compared to that of water. Biogas (methane) is another promising biofuel that is commonly produced by anaerobic degradation of biomass. However, before it may be used, contaminants have to be removed from the gas; two of the most abundant contaminants in biogas are carbon dioxide and water vapor. Adsorption of a ternary mixture of methane, carbon dioxide and water vapor in zeolite Na-ZSM-5 has been studied at various compositions and temperatures using ATR–FTIR spectroscopy. The amount adsorbed determined from experimental data were compared to predictions by the Ideal Adsorbed Solution Theory (IAST). For a model biogas mixture with the composition of 66, 0.4 and 33.6 mol % of CH4, H2O and CO2, respectively, the H2O/CH4, H2O/CO2 and CO2/CH4 selectivities were determined to be 2600, 130 and 20 respectively, showing that the zeolite showed the highest affinity for water followed by carbon dioxide. This result confirms that Na-ZSM-5 could be a promising membrane material for upgrading of biogas.

  • 3.
    Farzaneh, Amirfarrokh
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Kemiteknik.
    DeJaco, Robert F.
    Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Department of Chemistry and Chemical Theory Center, University of Minnesota , Minneapolis.
    Ohlin, Lindsay
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Kemiteknik.
    Holmgren, Allan
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Kemiteknik.
    Siepmann, J. Ilja
    Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Department of Chemistry and Chemical Theory Center, University of Minnesota , Minneapolis.
    Grahn, Mattias
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Kemiteknik.
    Comparative Study of the Effect of Defects on Selective Adsorption of Butanol from Butanol/Water Binary Vapor Mixtures in Silicalite-1 Films2017Ingår i: Langmuir, ISSN 0743-7463, E-ISSN 1520-5827, Vol. 33, nr 34, s. 8420-8427Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    A promising route for sustainable 1-butanol (butanol) production is ABE (acetone, butanol, ethanol) fermentation. However, recovery of the products is challenging because of the low concentrations obtained in the aqueous solution, thus hampering large-scale production of biobutanol. Membrane and adsorbent-based technologies using hydrophobic zeolites are interesting alternatives to traditional separation techniques (e.g., distillation) for energy-efficient separation of butanol from aqueous mixtures. To maximize the butanol over water selectivity of the material, it is important to reduce the number of hydrophilic adsorption sites. This can, for instance, be achieved by reducing the density of lattice defect sites where polar silanol groups are found. The density of silanol defects can be reduced by preparing the zeolite at neutral pH instead of using traditional synthesis solutions with high pH. In this work, binary adsorption of butanol and water in two silicalite-1 films was studied using in situ attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy under equal experimental conditions. One of the films was prepared in fluoride medium, whereas the other one was prepared at high pH using traditional synthesis conditions. The amounts of water and butanol adsorbed from binary vapor mixtures of varying composition were determined at 35 and 50 °C, and the corresponding adsorption selectivities were also obtained. Both samples showed very high selectivities (100-23 000) toward butanol under the conditions studied. The sample having low density of defects, in general, showed ca. a factor 10 times higher butanol selectivity than the sample having a higher density of defects at the same experimental conditions. This difference was due to a much lower adsorption of water in the sample with low density of internal defects. Analysis of molecular simulation trajectories provides insights on the local selectivities in the zeolite channel network and at the film surface.

  • 4.
    Farzaneh, Amirfarrokh
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Kemiteknik.
    Richards, Tobias
    University of Borås.
    Heiningen, Adrian van
    Aalto University, Espoo.
    Sklavounos, Evangelos
    Aalto University, Espoo.
    A Kinetic Study of CO2 and Steam Gasification of Char from Lignin Produced in the SEW Process2014Ingår i: BioResources, ISSN 1930-2126, E-ISSN 1930-2126, Vol. 9, nr 2, s. 3052-3063Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    The reaction kinetics of gasification are important for the design of gasifiers using biomass feedstocks, such as lignin, produced in biorefinery processes. Condensed and uncondensed lignin samples used in the present study were prepared using the SEW (SO2-ethanol-water) fractionation process applied to spruce wood chips: the dissolved lignin is precipitated during the recovery of SO2 and ethanol from the spent fractionation liquor. The gasification of char made from condensed and uncondensed SEW lignin was investigated using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) at atmospheric pressure using either CO2 or steam. The main aim of this study was to quantify the reaction rate during the gasification process, which was found to be best described as zero-order. All experiments were performed at constant temperatures between 700 and 1050 °C to obtain the necessary information for describing the reaction rate equation in an Arrhenius form; the heating rate was 20 °C/min for both samples. The experiments led to almost similar results for both samples. The activation energies of CO2 gasification were approximately 160 kJ/mol and 170 kJ/mol for uncondensed and condensed lignin char, respectively. The activation energies of steam gasification were approximately 90 kJ/mol and 100 kJ/mol for uncondensed and condensed lignin char, respectively.

  • 5.
    Farzaneh, Amirfarrokh
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Kemiteknik.
    Zhou, Ming
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Kemiteknik.
    Antzutkin, Oleg
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Kemiteknik.
    Bacsik, Zoltan
    Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Stockholm University.
    Hedlund, Jonas
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Kemiteknik.
    Holmgren, Allan
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Kemiteknik.
    Grahn, Mattias
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Kemiteknik.
    Adsorption of Butanol and Water Vapors in Silicalite‑1 Films with a Low Defect Density2016Ingår i: Langmuir, ISSN 0743-7463, E-ISSN 1520-5827, Vol. 32, s. 11789-11798Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Pure silica zeolites are potentially hydrophobic and have therefore been considered to be interesting candidates for separating alcohols, e.g., 1-butanol, from water. Zeolites are traditionally synthesized at high pH, leading to the formation of intracrystalline defects in the form of silanol defects in the framework. These silanol groups introduce polar adsorption sites into the framework, potentially reducing the adsorption selectivity toward alcohols in alcohol/water mixtures. In contrast, zeolites prepared at neutral pH using the fluoride route contain significantly fewer defects. Such crystals should show a much higher butanol/water selectivity than crystals prepared in traditional hydroxide (OH−) media. Moreover, silanol groups are present at the external surface of the zeolite crystals; therefore, minimizing the external surface of the studied adsorbent is important. In this work, we determine adsorption isotherms of 1-butanol and water in silicalite-1 films prepared in a fluoride (F−) medium using in situ attenuated total reflectance−Fourier transform infrared (ATR−FTIR) spectroscopy. This film was composed of well intergrown, plate-shaped b-oriented crystals, resulting in a low external area. Single-component adsorption isotherms of 1-butanol and water were determined in the temperature range of 35− 80 °C. The 1-butanol isotherms were typical for an adsorbate showing a high affinity for a microporous material and a large increase in the amount adsorbed at low partial pressures of 1-butanol. The Langmuir−Freundlich model was successfully fitted to the 1-butanol isotherms, and the heat of adsorption was determined. Water showed a very low affinity for the adsorbent, and the amounts adsorbed were very similar to previous reports for large silicalite-1 crystals prepared in a fluoride medium. The sample also adsorbed much less water than did a reference silicalite-1(OH−) film containing a high density of internal defects.The results show that silicalite-1 films prepared in a F− medium with a low density of defects and external area are very promising for the selective recovery of 1-butanol from aqueous solutions.

  • 6.
    Farzaneh, Amirfarrokh
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Kemiteknik.
    Zhou, Ming
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Kemiteknik.
    Potapova, Elisaveta
    Bacsik, Zoltan
    Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Stockholm University.
    Ohlin, Lindsay
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Kemiteknik.
    Holmgren, Allan
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Kemiteknik.
    Hedlund, Jonas
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Kemiteknik.
    Grahn, Mattias
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Kemiteknik.
    Adsorption of Water and Butanol in Silicalite-1 Film Studied with in-situ ATR-FTIR Spectroscopy2015Ingår i: Langmuir, ISSN 0743-7463, E-ISSN 1520-5827, Vol. 31, nr 17, s. 4887-4894Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [sv]

    Bio-butanol produced by e.g. acetone–butanol–ethanol (ABE) fermentation is a promising alternative to petroleum-based chemicals as e.g. solvent and fuel. Recovery of butanol from dilute fermentation broths by hydrophobic membranes and adsorbents has been identified as a promising route. In this work, the adsorption of water and butanol vapor in a silicalite-1 film was studied using in-situ ATR-FTIR spectroscopy in order to better understand the adsorption properties of silicalite-1 membranes and adsorbents. Single component adsorption isotherms were determined in the temperature range of 35-120°C and the Langmuir model was successfully fitted to the experimental data. The adsorption of butanol is very favorable compared to that of water. When the silicalite-1 film was exposed to a butanol/water vapor mixture with 15 mol% of butanol (which is the vapor composition of an aqueous solution containing 2 wt% of butanol, a typical concentration in an ABE fermentation broth, i.e. the composition of the gas obtained from gas stripping of an ABE broth) at 35 °C, the adsorption selectivity towards butanol was as high as 107. These results confirm that silicalite-1 quite selectively adsorbs hydrocarbons from vapor mixtures.

  • 7.
    Ohlin, Lindsay
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Kemiteknik.
    Berezovsky, Vladimir
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Öberg, Sven
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Materialvetenskap.
    Farzaneh, Amirfarrokh
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Kemiteknik.
    Holmgren, Allan
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Kemiteknik.
    Grahn, Mattias
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Kemiteknik.
    Effect of Water on the Adsorption of Methane and Carbon Dioxide in Zeolite Na-ZSM-5 Studied Using in Situ ATR-FTIR Spectroscopy2016Ingår i: The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, ISSN 1932-7447, E-ISSN 1932-7455, Vol. 120, nr 51, s. 29144-29152Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Methane is the main component in biogas and natural gas along with contaminants such as water and carbon dioxide. Separation of methane from these contaminants is therefore an important step in the upgrading process. Zeolite adsorbents and zeolite membranes have great potential to be cost-efficient candidates for upgrading biogas and natural gas, and in both of these applications, knowing the nature of the competitive adsorption is of great importance to further develop the properties of the zeolite materials. The binary adsorption of methane and carbon dioxide in zeolites has been studied to some extent, but the influence of water has been much less studied. In the present work, in situ ATR (attenuated total reflection)–FTIR (Fourier transform infrared) spectroscopy was used to study the adsorption of water/methane and water/carbon dioxide from binary mixtures in a high-silica Na-ZSM-5 zeolite film at various gas compositions and temperatures. Adsorbed concentrations for all species were determined from the recorded IR spectra, and the experimental values were compared to values predicted using the ideal adsorbed solution theory (IAST). At lower temperatures (35, 50, and 85 °C), the IAST was able to predict the binary adsorption of water and methane, whereas the values predicted by the IAST deviated from the experimental data at the highest temperature (120 °C). For the binary adsorption of water and carbon dioxide, the IAST could not predict the adsorption values accurately. This discrepancy was assigned to the particular adsorption behavior of water in high-silica MFI forming clusters at hydrophilic sites. However, the predicted values did follow the same trend as the experimental values. The adsorption selectivity was determined, and it was found that the H2O/CH4 adsorption selectivity was decreasing with increasing water content in the gas phase at low temperatures whereas the selectivity was increasing at higher temperatures. The H2O/CO2 adsorption selectivity was increasing with increasing water content at all temperatures.

  • 8.
    Ohlin, Lindsay
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Kemiteknik.
    Farzaneh, Amirfarrokh
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Kemiteknik.
    Holmgren, Allan
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Kemiteknik.
    Hedlund, Jonas
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Kemiteknik.
    Grahn, Mattias
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Kemiteknik.
    Ternary Adsorption of Methane, Water and Carbon Dioxide in Zeolite Na-ZSM-5 Studied Using in Situ ATR-FTIR Spectroscopy2017Ingår i: The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, ISSN 1932-7447, E-ISSN 1932-7455, Vol. 121, nr 27, s. 14703-14711Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    The main component in biogas and natural gas is methane but these gases also contain water and carbon dioxide that often have to be removed in order to increase the calorific value of the gas. Membrane and adsorbent-based technologies using zeolites are interesting alternatives for efficient separation of these components. To develop efficient processes, it is essential to know the adsorption properties of the zeolite. In the present work, adsorption of methane, carbon dioxide and water from ternary mixtures in high silica zeolite Na-ZSM-5 was studied using in-situ ATR (Attenuated Total Reflection) – FTIR (Fourier Transform Infrared) spectroscopy. Adsorbed concentrations were extracted from the infrared spectra and the obtained loadings were compared to values predicted by the Ideal Adsorbed Solution Theory (IAST). The IAST could not fully capture the adsorption behavior of this ternary mixture, indicating that the adsorbed phase is not behaving as an ideal mixture. The CO2/CH4 adsorption selectivities determined for the ternary mixtures were compared to selectivities determined for binary mixtures in our previous work, indicating that the presence of water slightly improves the CO2/CH4 adsorption selectivity at lower temperatures. Further, the results show that water and carbon dioxide are adsorbed preferentially over methane in high silica zeolite Na-ZSM-5.

  • 9.
    Zhou, Han
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Kemiteknik.
    Mouzon, Johanne
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Kemiteknik.
    Farzaneh, Amirfarrokh
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Kemiteknik.
    Antzutkin, Oleg
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Kemiteknik.
    Grahn, Mattias
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Kemiteknik.
    Hedlund, Jonas
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Kemiteknik.
    Colloidal Defect-Free Silicalite-1 Single Crystals: Preparation, Structure Characterization, Adsorption, and Separation Properties for Alcohol/Water Mixtures2015Ingår i: Langmuir, ISSN 0743-7463, E-ISSN 1520-5827, Vol. 31, nr 30, s. 8488-8494Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    In this work, colloidal silicalite-1 single crystals are for the first time synthesized using fluoride as mineralizing agent at near neutral pH. SEM, TEM, DLS, XRD, solid-state 29Si MAS NMR, and adsorption/desorption experiments using nitrogen, water, n-butanol, and ethanol as adsorbates were used to characterize the crystals. The single crystals have a platelike habit with a length of less than 170 nm and an aspect ratio (length/width) of about 1.2, and the thickness of the crystals is less than 40 nm. Compared with silicalite-1 crystals grown using hydroxide as mineralizing agent, the amount of structural defects in the lattice is significantly reduced and the hydrophobicity is increased. Membrane separation and adsorption results show that the synthesized defect-free crystals present high selectivity to alcohols from alcohol/water mixtures. The n-butanol/water adsorption selectivities were ca. 165 and 14 for the defect-free crystals and a reference sample containing defects, respectively, illustrating the improvement in n-butanol/water selectivity by eliminating the polar silanol defects.

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