Catalytic removal of chlorine from freon and n-alkane isomerization.

Catalytic removal of chlorine from freon and n-alkane isomerization.


The research will include search for effective and selective catalysts in the hydrodechlorination of freon and alkane isomerization.

Project aim

The aim of the research is search for a catalyst system which will prove adequate activity and selective action in hydrodechlorination of freon and n-alkane isomerization. The aim of the first reaction is removing chlorine from freon in order to obtain environmentally friendly products. Freons are classified as compounds highly destructive for the ozone layer. Although once commonly used as refrigerants, currently they are withdrawn from use. The current problem is effective disposal of stored freon and the possibility of freon emission to the atmosphere during Teflon production. Therefore it is significant to search for a system which will neutralize freons efficiently and transform them into products safe for the environment.

However, in catalythic reaction of n-alkane conversion, e.g. of n-heksane, a transformation of linear alkanes takes place to their branched isomers. The effect of the process is the improvement of properties of hydrocarbons as motor fuel components. The number of octanes of fuel grows, which matters greatly for energy industry.

Effect of implementation

Research on the development of active and selective catalytic converter of the type metal/carrier both for the catalytic process of hydrochloring freon  and n-alkane izomerization. The developed catalyst allows highly efficiently transform the freon, destroying the ozone layer, into environmentally friendly compounds.  Besides, it is effective in the reaction of n-alkane izomerization, which aims at improving the quality of gas through the improvement of fuel quality by increasing its number of octanes. This matters greatly both to environmental protection and energy industry.