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Author Malhotra, S. ♦ Datta, R.
Sponsorship USDOE
Source United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Content type Text
Language English
Subject Keyword DIRECT ENERGY CONVERSION ♦ DUAL-PURPOSE POWER PLANTS ♦ ALCOHOL FUEL CELLS ♦ ACETALDEHYDE ♦ PRODUCTION ♦ ETHANOL ♦ PARTIAL OXIDATION PROCESSES ♦ POWER GENERATION
Abstract The development and feasibility of a novel fuel cell for simultaneously generating electricity and homogeneously catalyzed acetaldehyde from ethanol are reported. The fuel cell is based on the supported molten-salt electrocatalysis technique that allows use of homogeneous (liquid-phase) catalysts in fuel cells for the first time. The electrocatalytic reaction combines the chemistry of the Wacker process conventionally used for acetaldehyde production from the partial oxidation of ethylene and that of the Veba-Chemie method. Nafion membranes impregnated with different electrolytic materials were used in the fuel cell as electrolytes to allow operation at reaction temperatures up to 165 C. Results obtained are comparable to those reported in the literature on partial oxidation of ethylene to acetaldehyde in a fuel cell based on conventional heterogeneous electrocatalysts.
ISSN 00134651
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1996-10-01
Publisher Place United States
Journal Journal of the Electrochemical Society
Volume Number 143
Issue Number 10


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