Effect of surface diffusion on the selectivity of catalytic reactions

Harold H. Kung*, Mayfair C. Kung

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Analysis is made on the effect of surface diffusion on the selectivity of a catalyst for a consecutive reaction A→B→C in a well-mixed stirred tank reactor. The catalyst is composed of an α region despersed on the β region. A→B is assumed to occur on the α region and B→C on the β region. Migration of B from α to B proceeds both by surface diffusion and gas phase transport. Influence of the flow rate through the reactor, the crystallite size of α, and the loading of the catalyst on the selectivity for C in the presence of surface diffusion are discussed. Under otherwise identical conditions, selectivity is increased by surface diffusion. The optimum condition for the production of C is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1003-1008
Number of pages6
JournalChemical Engineering Science
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1978

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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