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Ethylene oxide is formed by the partial oxidation of ethylene Unfortunately some of the ethylene is completely oxidized to form CO2 and H2O The reactions are 2C2H4 O2 2C2H4O desired product

Ethylene oxide is formed by the partial oxidation of ethylene. Unfortunately some of the ethylene is completely oxidized to form CO2 and H2O. The reactions are

2C2H4 + O2 --> 2C2H4O (desired product)

C2H4 + 3O2 --> 2CO2 (undesired product) + 2H2O

A feed stream comprised of 16 moles C2H4 and 100 moles O2. 25% of the ethylene is converted with a yield of 75% (Defined by mole C2H4O/mol C2H4 reacted).

a. Draw a schematic of this process

b. Find the output of the reactor.

c. What is the selectivity of the process

 

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