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John Riley, Robert Farina, Louis Velenyi

Degree Program

Department of Chemistry

Degree Type

Master of Science


The conversion of methane into methanol is viewed as one approach to utilizing the vast reserves of natural gas.

One such prospect for the utilization of natural gas is the partial oxidation of methane to methanol. Methanol ranks high on the commodity market. As a liquid it is easily transportable and therefore skirts the issue of vast amounts of a gas having to be transported either by pipeline or by liquifying.

The catalytic partial oxidation of methane to methanol is investigated. Two different reactor systems are employed. The first system is a fixed bed system. The second is a fluid bed system.

Areas to be addressed are different catalyst systems, different loading rates, elemental promotion, different supports, surface area, catalyst particle mesh size, and effects of preparation.


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