Low temperature direct oxidation of methane to methanol

Kaoru Fujimoto*, Yasushi Sekine

*Corresponding author for this work

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Methane was oxidized by oxygen at temperatures as low as 473K or lower under pressurized conditions. The reaction was initialed by heated wire, which was set in the center of a pressurized reaction chamber. At the initial stage of the reaction, the methanol selectivity was as high as 90%, but its level decreased quickly with proceeding of the reaction time. When the reaction pressure was raised from 5 to 40atm, the methanol selectivity (at high O2 conversion level) was increased from 2% to 30% whereas selectivities of C2 hydrocarbons of CO2 decreased 30% to 10% or less. A new reaction model was claimed for the present reaction system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-66
Number of pages4
JournalStudies in Surface Science and Catalysis
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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