Miguel Menendez

29 Aug 2012

Miguel Menendez is Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Zaragoza (Spain). His main research lines are related with the improvement of chemical reactors and in particular with fluidized bed and membrane reactors. He started the research in membrane reactors in 1990 and in zeolite membrane reactors in 1995. He has published more than 120 articles and 7 patents, 5 of them on membrane reactors.


Zeolite membranes and membrane reactors

The talk will explain how zeolite membranes offer new opportunities for molecular separation and will describe several ways in which zeolite membranes have been successfully used in membrane reactors. This will include the use of zeolite membranes to remove a reaction product, in order to increase the conversion in a reaction with thermodynamic limitations or by other reasons. Other possibilities include the removal of an intermediate product in a series reaction, the use of the membrane as reactant distributor or as simultaneous separator and catalyst, and several other uses which have not been less explored than the previous ones. Finally, the hurdles for the development of zeolite membrane reactors and some ideas for their future development will be discussed.