North Carolina State University is looking for commercial partners to license and commercialize a novel catalyst for the production of syngas from methane.
Methane is the main component of natural gas. In order to convert methane to value-added products, such as liquid transportation fuels, the first step is the conversion to syngas. This is known as methane reforming, it is capital intensive and inefficient due to coke formation, catalyst deactivation, high endothermicity and steam requirements, and/or the needs for cryogenic air separation units. An alternative route is chemical looping-reforming, eliminating the need of air separation units. However, commercial applications have been hindered due to the high cost and the health and environmental concerns from the widely studied Ni catalysts.
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a novel catalyst for chemical looping reforming system for the production of syngas from methane. These platinum group-promoted mixed oxides exhibit superior syngas selectivity chemical and mechanical stability and high redox activities at temperature as low as 500 °C. The platinum group promoters are readily reducible and highly effective for methane activation. The reduction in operating temperature and elimination of oxygen separation units solves existing challenges for commercialization.
- Lower operating temperature more thant 300°C
- Reduce energy consumption
- Reduces barrier to commercializing process
- Eliminates need for air separation units
- Shale gas conversion to syngas and liquid fuels.
Related Patent Information
A patent application related to this invention has been filed. About the Lead Inventor
Dr. Li is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at North Carolina State University. Dr. Li’s research interests include energy and environmental engineering and particle technology. His research focuses on the design, synthesis, and characterization of nano catalyst and reagent particles for biomass and fossil energy conversions, green liquid fuel synthesis, CO2 capture, and pollutant control. In addition, his research encompasses chemical reaction engineering and process synthesis and optimization. Density Functional Theory (DFT) based methods are also used to elucidate the particle reaction mechanisms and to identify potential ways to improve particle performance.