Academic department under which the project should be listed

CSM - Chemistry and Biochemistry

Faculty Sponsor Name

Mark Mitchell

Abstract (300 words maximum)

Zirconium hydroxide’s adsorption properties make it useful for the decomposition of chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals. In the current study, isopropanol is used to examine the adsorption behavior of the zirconium hydroxide surface sites through a series of microreactor experiments. Initially, the mass delivery of isopropanol is calibrated as a function of temperature and gas flow rate. Separate experiments can then be done by flowing the isopropanol mixture through a sample of zirconium hydroxide to quantitatively determine the amount of isopropanol that can adsorb onto a sample of zirconium hydroxide. FT-IR spectra of the gas mixtures flowing from the microreactor are then used to quantitatively determine the mass adsorption rate of isopropanol on the zirconium hydroxide.

Disciplines

Physical Chemistry

Project Type

Poster

How will this be presented?

Yes, in person

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Gravimetric Determination of the Adsorption Capacity of Zirconium Hydroxide for Isopropanol

Zirconium hydroxide’s adsorption properties make it useful for the decomposition of chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals. In the current study, isopropanol is used to examine the adsorption behavior of the zirconium hydroxide surface sites through a series of microreactor experiments. Initially, the mass delivery of isopropanol is calibrated as a function of temperature and gas flow rate. Separate experiments can then be done by flowing the isopropanol mixture through a sample of zirconium hydroxide to quantitatively determine the amount of isopropanol that can adsorb onto a sample of zirconium hydroxide. FT-IR spectra of the gas mixtures flowing from the microreactor are then used to quantitatively determine the mass adsorption rate of isopropanol on the zirconium hydroxide.

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