Catalytic incineration of C2H5SH and its mixture with CH3SH over a Pt/Al2O3 catalyst

Hsin Chu, Yiing Yuan Chiou, Kuen How Horng, Ting Ke Tseng

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Catalytic incineration is one of the cost-effective technologies to solve troublesome volatile organic compounds. However, some sulfur containing volatile organic compounds, such as ethyl mercaptan, may deactivate the Pt catalyst that is commonly used in the catalytic incineration process. This paper provides information on the poisoning effect of ethyl mercaptan. The catalytic incineration of ethyl mercaptan, typically emitted from the petrochemical industry, over a Pt/A12O3 fixed-bed catalytic reactor was studied. The effects of operating parameters including inlet temperature, space velocity, C2H5SH concentration, O2 concentration, and catalyst size were characterized. Catalytic incineration on a mixture of C2H5SH with CH3SH was also tested. The results show that the conversions of C2H5SH increase as the inlet temperature increases and the space velocity decreases. For the temperature from 200-260°C, the higher the C2H5SH concentration is, the lower its conversion. The O2 concentration has a positive effect on the conversion of C2H5SH. C2H5SH has a poisoning effect on the Pt/A12O3 catalyst, especially at lower temperature. The existence of CH3SH has no effects on the conversion of C2H5SH.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)438-442
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Environmental Engineering
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2001 May 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • General Environmental Science


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