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Oxidation of aqueous sulphur dioxide catalysed by poly-4-vinylpyridine-Cu(II) complex .2. Combined homogeneous and heterogeneous phase oxidation

Kumar, Siva S and Govindarao, VMH and Chanda, Manas (1997) Oxidation of aqueous sulphur dioxide catalysed by poly-4-vinylpyridine-Cu(II) complex .2. Combined homogeneous and heterogeneous phase oxidation. In: Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology, 69 (2). 209-225 .

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Abstract

Aqueous phase oxidation of sulphur dioxide at low concentrations catalysed by a PVP-Cu complex in the solid phase and dissolved Cu(II) in the liquid phase is studied in a rotating catalyst basket reactor (RCBR). The equilibrium adsorption of Cu(II) and S(VI) on PVP particles is found to be of the Langmuir-type. The diffusional effects of S(IV) species in PVP-Cu resin are found to be insignificant whereas that of product S(VI) are found to be significant. The intraparticle diffusivity of S(VI) is obtained from independent tracer experiments. In the oxidation reaction HSO3- is the reactive species. Both the S(IV) species in the solution, namely SO2(aq) and HSO3- get adsorbed onto the active PVP-Cu sites of the catalyst, but only HSO3- undergoes oxidation. A kinetic mechanism is proposed based on this feature which shows that SO2(aq) has a deactivating effect on the catalyst. A rate model is developed for the three-phase reaction system incorporating these factors along with the effect of concentration of H2SO4 on the solubility of SO2 in the dilute aqueous solutions of Cu(II). Transient oxidation experiments are conducted at different conditions of concentration of SO2 and O-2 in the gas phase and catalyst concentration, and the rate parameters are estimated from the data. The observed and calculated profiles are in very good agreement. This confirms the deactivating effect of nonreactive SO2(aq) on the heterogeneous catalysis.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to John Wiley and Sons.
Keywords: sulphur dioxide;oxidation;copper catalyst;PVP-Cu(II) complex
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Chemical Engineering
Depositing User: Ms V Mangala
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2011 05:25
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2011 05:25
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/38345

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