Partial oxidation of methane by pulsed corona discharges

W.F.L.M. Hoeben, W. Boekhoven, F.J.C.M. Beckers, E.J.M. Heesch, van, A.J.M. Pemen

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Pulsed corona-induced partial oxidation of methane in humid oxygen or carbon dioxide atmospheres has been investigated for future fuel synthesis applications. The obtained product spectrum is wide, i.e. saturated, unsaturated and oxygen-functional hydrocarbons. The generally observed methane conversion levels are 6–20% at a conversion efficiency of about 100–250 nmol J-1. The main products are ethane, ethylene and acetylene. Higher saturated hydrocarbons up to C6 have been detected. The observed oxygen-functional hydrocarbons are methanol, ethanol and lower concentrations of aldehydes, ketones, dimethylether and methylformate. Methanol seems to be exclusively produced with CH4/O2 mixtures at a maximum production efficiency of 0.35 nmol J-1. CH4/CO2 mixtures appear to yield higher hydrocarbons. Carboxylic acids appear to be mainly present in the aqueous reactor phase, possibly together with higher molecular weight species.
Original languageEnglish
Article number355202
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Physics D: Applied Physics
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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