Theoretical predictions on dehydrogenation of methanol over copper-silica catalyst in a membrane reactor

Ekaterina V. Shelepova, Ludmila Yu Ilina, Aleksey A. Vedyagin

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Dehydrogenation of methanol was performed over copper-silica catalyst. Methyl formate decomposition to carbon monoxide and hydrogen was considered as a main side reaction. Tubular and membrane reactors were compared theoretically in terms of efficiency of the process. For this purpose, a two-dimensional non-isothermal stationary mathematical model of the catalytic membrane reactor was developed and applied. The reaction of methanol dehydrogenation (in a tube side) was conjugated with hydrogen oxidation reaction (in a shell side). Conjugation of the processes was found to increase the methanol conversion up to 87% and achieve the methyl formate yield as high as 80% at 125 °C. The impact of various parameters on the process characteristics was studied using the developed mathematical model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-42
Number of pages8
JournalCatalysis Today
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019



  • Catalytic membrane reactor
  • Copper-silica catalyst
  • Mathematical modeling
  • Methanol dehydrogenation
  • Methyl formate production

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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