New method for direct conversion of methane

Y. Sekine*, K. Fujimoto

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Methane was oxidized by oxygen in the absence of a catalyst with the microwire initiation (MWI) method, which was composed of an electrically heated small wire and a low-temperature reaction zone. With the existence of initiation reaction, methanol and carbon monoxide were formed at 393 K gas phase temperature. The main products of the reaction were methanol, hydrogen, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and water. With the batch-wise MWI system, methanol selectivity was higher than 80% at the initial stage of the reaction. In the absence of MWI, no products were formed under 653 K of gas phase temperature in the chain reaction zone. We proposed a new model for the oxidation of methane with microwire initiation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)294-300
Number of pages7
JournalKinetics and Catalysis
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1999 May 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Computer Science Applications


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