Selective production of methane from aqueous biocarbohydrate streams over a mixture of Platinum and Ruthenium catalysts

M.F. Neira d'Angelo, V. Ordomskiy, J. Schaaf, van der, J.C. Schouten, T.A. Nijhuis

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Abstract

A one-step process for the selective production of methane from low-value aqueous carbohydrate streams is proposed. Sorbitol, used herein as a model compound, is fully converted to methane, CO2, and a minor amount of H2 by using a physical mixture of Pt and Ru (1:5 in mass basis) at 220¿°C and 35 bar. This conversion is the result of hydrogenolysis of part of the sorbitol over Ru and the in situ production of H2 through the aqueous-phase reforming of the remaining carbohydrate over Pt. A synergistic effect of the combination of these two catalysts results in the rapid and highly selective conversion of the carbohydrate to methane. This process offers the possibility of upgrading a low-value carbohydrate stream into a valuable fuel with no addition of H2. Exergy analysis reveals that nearly 80¿% of the exergy of the reactant is recovered as methane.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)627-630
Number of pages4
JournalChemSusChem
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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