Chemical Papers

, Volume 71, Issue 1, pp 49–57 | Cite as

Direct synthesis of propylene oxide using hydrogen peroxide in a membrane reactor

  • Yu GuoEmail author
  • Yujia Jin
  • Hongmei WuEmail author
  • Dongxin Li
  • Xianfeng Fan
  • Lidai Zhou
  • Xiongfu Zhang
Original Paper


The epoxidation of propylene to propylene oxide (PO) with hydrogen peroxide was carried out in a titanium silicalite-1 (TS-1) catalytic membrane reactor. The TS-1 catalytic membrane with a thickness of 4–5 μm was fabricated on a tubular porous α-Al2O3 substrate. The structure and morphology of the membranes were characterized by scanning electron microscope, X-ray diffractometer, FT-IR, and a UV–vis spectrometer. Reaction conditions including temperature, pressure and H2O2 concentration were investigated for their effects on H2O2 conversion, PO selectivity and PO formation rate. The PO formation rate on the TS-1 catalytic membrane is more than twice as high as that on the TS-1 powder catalyst. Moreover, the regeneration tests of the TS-1 membrane reactor showed that the catalytic membrane kept relatively stable H2O2 conversion of and PO selectivity for eight reactions.


Membrane reactor Propylene oxide Epoxidation Titanium silicalite-1 Hydrogen peroxide 



This work was sponsored by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 21103076) and Program for Liaoning Excellent Talents in University (Grant No. LJQ2012055). The authors also gratefully acknowledge the support of the China Scholarship Council (CSC).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Chemical and Environmental EngineeringLiaoning University of TechnologyJinzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Institute for Materials and Processes, School of EngineeringThe University of EdinburghEdinburghUK
  3. 3.State Key Laboratory of Fine Chemicals, School of Chemical EngineeringDalian University of TechnologyDalianPeople’s Republic of China

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