Benjamin Egelske

Benjamin Egelske

Benjamin Egelske
Graduate Student
begelske@email.sc.edu

Functional sustainability is a scenario that resolves both economic and environmental concerns. As renewable technologies work through the challenges of commercialization great potential exists for merging existing hydrocarbon infrastructure with green incentives. One process that fits this criterion is the dry reforming of methane (DRM) by which carbon monoxide and hydrogen are produced from carbon dioxide and methane. Due to operational concerns, DRM must take place at high temperatures in excess of 700 °C. Our work focuses on developing highly structured catalysts with known compositions that can resist deactivation and provide competitive methane conversions or compositions suitable for methanol synthesis . A second reaction of interest is the selective oxidation of ethylene to ethylene oxide (EO) in which we work closely with industrial partners to improve EO selectivity.