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Apparatus and method for production of methanethiol

United States Patent

6,995,288
February 7, 2006
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A method for the production of methyl mercaptan is provided. The method comprises providing raw feed gases consisting of methane and hydrogen sulfide, introducing the raw feed gases into a non-thermal pulsed plasma corona reactor, and reacting the raw feed gases within the non-thermal pulsed plasma corona reactor with the reaction CH.sub.4+H.sub.2S.fwdarw.CH.sub.3SH+H.sub.2. An apparatus for the production of methyl mercaptan using a non-thermal pulsed plasma corona reactor is also provided.
Agarwal, legal representative; Rehka (Lancaster, CA), Linjewile; Temi M. (Lehi, UT), Hull; Ashley S. (Bryan, TX), Chen; Zumao (Midvale, UT), Agarwal, deceased; Pradeep K. (Lancaster, CA)
University of Wyoming (Laramie, WY)
10/ 318,392
December 12, 2002
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN OF INVENTION This invention was made with U.S. Government support under Contract No. DE-FC02-91ER75680 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The U.S. Government has certain rights in this invention.