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Conversion method for gas streams containing hydrocarbons

United States Patent

December 12, 2000
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An apparatus and a method of using the apparatus are provided for converting a gas stream containing hydrocarbons to a reaction product containing effluent molecules having at least one carbon atom, having at least one interior surface and at least one exterior surface, a first electrode and a second electrode with the first and second electrodes being selectively movable in relation to each other and positioned within the housing so as to be spatially disposed a predetermined distance from each other, a plasma discharge generator between the first and second electrodes, gas stream introducer and a collector for collecting the reaction product effluent produced by the reaction of the gas stream containing hydrocarbons with the plasma discharge between the first and second electrodes.
Mallinson; Richard G. (Norman, OK), Lobban; Lance (Norman, OK), Liu; Chang-jun (Tianjin, CN)
The Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK)
09/ 006,739
January 14, 1998
FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was developed through assistance with the U.S. Department of Energy, under contract number DE-FG21-94MC31170. The Government has certain rights in this invention.