Low-temperature coupling of methane

L. Guczi, R.A. Santen, van, K.V. Sharma

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Methane is the main component of natural gas and its utilization amounts to ca. 1.7 109 tons of oil equivalent per year [1]. Since the present reserve of methane is located in remote places, its transportation is a major problem. Methane coupling to form C2+ hydrocarbons is, therefore, of a primary importance because before transportation methane should be converted into hydrocarbons with higher boiling points, such as ethane, propane, etc. The catalytic conversion of methane can be carried out in several ways which have excellently been reviewed in Refs. 1 and 2. Basically, three routes exist: (i) the indirect route in which methane is first converted into syngas in presence of water (steam reforming), CO2 (carbon dioxide reforming), or oxygen (partial oxidation) and the resultant syngas can be utilized in the traditional way; (ii) direct coupling in the presence of oxygen (oxidative coupling of methane, OCM) or hydrogen (two-step polymerization); and (iii) direct conversion in the presence of oxygen to oxygenates (CH3OH, HCOH), in the presence of Cl2, HCI to methane chlorides, in the presence of ammonia to HCN, etc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-295
Number of pages47
JournalCatalysis Reviews : Science and Engineering
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1996


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