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METHODS FOR CONVERSION OF A LIGHT ALKANE TO A HIGHER HYDROCARBON, METHOD OF DEHYDROGENATING AN ALKANE, AND METHOD OF REACTIVATING A CATALYST LAYER

United States Patent Application

20080318094
A1
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A controllable proton exchange reactive membrane comprising a proton exchange membrane, at least two catalyst layers disposed on opposing sides of the proton exchange membrane, and a power source operably coupled to the at least two catalyst layers. A direction and magnitude of flow of hydrogen through the proton exchange reactive membrane is controlled by modulating the power source across the proton exchange membrane, thereby enabling hydrogen to be transported in either direction across the proton exchange reactive membrane. By controlling the transport of hydrogen, the extent of a homologation reaction is enhanced. A proton exchange reactive membrane reactor comprising the proton exchange reactive membrane is also disclosed. A method of producing a higher hydrocarbon from a light alkane is disclosed, as is a method of regenerating a catalyst layer.
Ginosar, Daniel M. (Idaho Falls, ID), Fincke, James R. (Los Alamos, NM), Cherry, Robert S. (Idaho Falls, ID)
12/ 106,409
April 21, 2008
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS [0002] The United States Government has certain rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC07-991D13727, and Contract No. DE-AC07-051D14517 between the United States Department of Energy and Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC.