30 Dec '12, 3pm

New catalyst for efficient bi-reforming of methane from any source for methanol and hydrocarbon synthesis; “metgas”

New catalyst for efficient bi-reforming of methane from any source for methanol and hydrocarbon synthesis; “metgas” 30 December 2012 Researchers at the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute and Department of Chemistry, University of Southern California, have developed a new catalyst based on nickel oxide on magnesium oxide (NiO/MgO) that is effective for the bi-reforming with steam and CO2 (combined steam and dry reforming) of methane as well as natural gas in a tubular flow reactor at elevated pressures (5−30 atm) and temperatures (800−950 °C). In a paper published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society , they report that the bi-reforming effectively converts methane and its natural sources (natural or shale gas, coal-bed methane, methane hydrates) to what they call “metgas”, a 2/1 H2 /CO mixture directly applicable for subsequent well-studied methanol synthesis w...

Full article: http://www.greencarcongress.com/2012/12/olah-20121230.html

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