A review of methanol production from methane oxidation via non-thermal plasma reactor

M. Khoshtinat, N. A.S. Amin, I. Noshadi

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Abstract

Direct conversion of methane to methanol by partial oxidation in a thermal reactor has a poor yield of about 2% which is less than the expected economical yield of about 10%. Conventional thermal catalytic reactors have been proposed to be superseded by plasma reactors as a promising approach, due to strength of the electrical energy which can break C-H bonds of methane. Among the plasma techniques, non-thermal dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) plasma chemical process is one of the most future promising technologies in synthesizing methanol. The purpose of this paper is presenting a brief review of CH 4 oxidation with O 2 in DBD plasma reactors based on the recent investigations. For this reason, the effect of various parameters of reactor configuration, feed ratio, applied voltage, residence time (gas flow rate), type of applied catalyst, pressure and reactor wall temperature on methane conversion and methanol selectivity are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)354-358
Number of pages5
JournalWorld Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology
Volume62
StatePublished - Feb 2010
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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