ARC Discovery Projects funding success 2016
Associate Professor Michael Stockenhuber and Professor Adesoji Adesina have been awarded $320,000 in ARC Discovery Project funding commencing in 2016 for their research project A novel route to produce olefin feedstock for Australia.
This project aims to develop a new process to produce longer chain hydrocarbons usable in Australia's olefin and polymer industries. Besides their use as a fuel, hydrocarbons are major industrial chemicals used for the production of polymeric materials and as refrigerants. Olefins are precursors to polymers and conventionally are produced from saturated hydrocarbons through the process of steam cracking. The major precursors for monomers are present in significant quantities in only a few natural gas sources and these sources also undergo significant seasonal variation and are costly. The project aims to develop new catalysts and process conditions to convert low-value feedstock hydrocarbons into feedstock for conventional steam crackers.