Scientist Visits Micromeritics and Delivers Lecture on a New Technology for the Conversion of Municipal Solid Waste to Liquid Hydrocarbons - 9/16/2011
Recently, Dr. Mark G. White visited Micromeritics’ corporate facility in Norcross, GA at the invitation of Dr. Jeff Kenvin, Micromeritics’ Scientific Services Group Leader. Professor White presented a lecture titled “A New Technology for the Conversion of Municipal Solid Waste to Liquid Hydrocarbons” highlighting his work as a research professor at the Energy Institute ( http://www.ei.msstate.edu/ ), Mississippi State University. The Energy Institute was formed in 2008 to create an infrastructure for coordinated interdisciplinary collaboration on energy projects and provide an atmosphere to exchange ideas and develop creative solutions for the complex energy challenges facing the world today.
Mo/H+Zeolite is active for the conversion of synthesis gas-to-liquid hydrocarbons showing a narrow distribution of molecular weights that can be regulated by the choice of zeolite. For Dr. White’s research, catalysts were evaluated under various reaction conditions of temperature and pressure with low H2/CO typical of a synthesis gas derived from gasification of biomass and municipal solid waste (MSW). Research indicated that reducible Mo ions are the active species for CO conversion. Selection of the correct zeolite is important to the liquid hydrocarbon conversion process. A preliminary process design, economic analysis, and business model were presented to show the potential for commercialization. The analysis suggested that large plants (1000 – 3000 tons MSW/day) are required to secure the return on investment (> 22%) and payout period (< 4 years) desired by investors
Mark G. White, Ph.D., is a research professor at the Energy Institute and a professor emeritus in the Dave C. Swalm School of Chemical Engineering at Mississippi State University. He is an international expert in the fields of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis. Professor White serves on the editorial boards of the Open Patent Journal and the Open Catalysis Journal. He is the inventor of record for ten U.S. patents and two European patents for technologies that include novel adsorbents and catalysts. Professor White is the author of the textbook titled Heterogeneous Catalysis which was published by the Prentice Hall Book Company in 1990. He is author of 88 manuscripts that have appeared as publications in referred journals and has made more than 125 podium presentations at national and international symposia.
Micromeritics welcomed the visit in an ongoing effort to stay current with ground-breaking research and to educate its employees on the wide variety of applications for its instruments. In business since 1962, Micromeritics manufactures automated analytical laboratory instruments that measure physical characteristics of powder and solids for fundamental research, product development, quality assurance/control, production, and process control applications. Measurements obtained include particle size, particle shape, surface area, pore volume, pore size and pore size distribution, material density, catalytic activity, and temperature-programmed reactions.