Current Group Member: Jason Lee

Graduate Student since 2017

Thesis Topic/Title: Mechanisms for the Conversion of Hydrocarbons to Aromatics in Cation-Exchanged Zeolites

Thesis Description: Aromatic compounds play an important role in the chemical industry. Recent changes in the economics of light hydrocarbons have renewed interest in the conversion of these molecules to aromatics, such as benzene, toluene, and xylenes (BTX). In fact, patented industrial processes for these reactions over zeolite catalysts already exist. Although hydrocarbon aromatization has been well studied in acid zeolites, recent work in our group suggests that Lewis acid sites may play a larger role than previously thought. The goal of this project is to better understand the role and mechanism by which Lewis acid sites alone can facilitate hydrocarbon aromatization. This understanding can aid in the rational design of better zeolite catalysts for this process.

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