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Burn It or Use It: Working towards Full Fuel-Product Utilization Using Phase Equilibria


Material Measurement Laboratory, Applied Chemicals and Materials Division

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50.64.72.B8250 Boulder, CO

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Name E-mail Phone
Mansfield, Elisabeth 303.497.6405


Of extreme use and importance, but nearly impossible to process and separate, BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene) is at the same time a great opportunity and a vexing problem to the chemical industry. Instead of separating it for full product use from petroleum or natural gas mixtures, this fraction is typically burned off, with potential profits going up in smoke. Good thermophysical property data is the critical knowledge gap that would improve separation from complex mixtures or allow for utilization of other low pressure mixtures (e.g., ethylene glycol-water, refrigerants). Project proposals could address the separation of difficult chemical mixtures and/or the building of new instrumentation for analysis of these mixtures.


Chemical manufacturing; Fuels; Thermophysical properties; Phase equilibria;


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Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants
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