Doctoral Dissertations

Keywords and Phrases

Cycloaddition Reaction; Porous Hollow fiber; Dry Reforming of Methane; Syngas; Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Propane


"The utilization of CO2 as a renewable feedstock for producing commodity chemicals and fuels is an interesting challenge to explore new concepts and opportunities in catalysis and industrial chemistry. This sustainable approach not only leads to production of useful chemicals, but also has the potential to mitigate anthropogenic CO2 emissions to the atmosphere. CO2 itself is a sustainable and inexhaustibly available carbon source, however, it is inextricably linked to its inherent inertness. It is a thermodynamically stable molecule (ΔGf = -394.01 kJ.mol-1) with high oxidation state, hence, reactions of CO2 must be combined with a high-energy reactant to gain a thermodynamic driving force. It has been shown that catalytic reaction is the best strategy to address this challenge. Although several processes for production of urea, methanol, and salicylic acid have been developed through CO2 utilization, many of them rely on extremes of temperature and pressure to work. Owing to the growing energy demand and increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration, it is desirable to identify effective hydrocarbon transformation reactions in tandem with CO2 conversion. Research on direct transformation of light paraffins -such as methane, ethane and propane into light olefins -such as ethylene and propylene and aromatics has gained considerable importance recently because of its potential large-scale implementation for production of fine chemicals, pharmaceuticals, plastics and liquid fuels from C1-C4 hydrocarbons in the shale gas. The catalytic conversion of propane into propylene in the presence of CO2 as a soft oxidant opens opportunities to simultaneously reduce CO2 to CO and convert paraffin into value-added products"--Abstract, page iv.


Rownaghi, Ali A.

Committee Member(s)

Al-Dahhan, Muthanna H.
Ludlow, Douglas K.
Rezaei, Fateme
Fitch, Mark W.


Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Degree Name

Ph. D. in Chemical Engineering


The author would like to thank the Higher Committee for Educational Development in Iraq (HCED) for their financial support. The authors would also like to acknowledge the Iraqi Ministry of Oil/ AL-Doura Refinery Company for their support.

The authors thank the University of Missouri Research Board (UMRB) and Materials Research Center (MRC) of Missouri S&T for financially supporting this work.


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Fall 2020

Journal article titles appearing in thesis/dissertation

  • Polymeric hollow fibers as bifunctional catalysts for CO2 conversion to cyclic carbonates
  • Highly efficient Pt/Mo-Fe/Ni-based Al2O3-CeO2 catalysts for dry reforming of methane
  • Improvement Ni stabilized on Al2O3-CeO2 catalysts for dry reforming of methane: Effect of Fe, Mg and Pt doping
  • Oxidative dehydrogenation of propane over (Ga- , V- , Cr-) doped H-ZSM-5 in presence and absence CO2


xiv, 185 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references.


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Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

File Type




Thesis Number

T 11807

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