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Non-Faradaic electrochemical promotion of catalytic methane reforming for methanol production

United States Patent

November 22, 2016
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A method of converting methane to methanol at low temperatures utilizes a reactor including an anode, a cathode, a membrane separator between the anode and cathode, a metal oxide catalyst at the anode and a hydrogen recovery catalyst at the cathode. The method can convert methane to methanol at as rate exceeding the theoretical Faradaic rate due to the contribution of an electrochemical reaction occurring in tandem with a Faradaic reaction.
Fan; Qinbai (Chicago, IL)
Gas Technology Institute (Des Plaines, IL)
14/ 076,445
November 11, 2013
This invention was made with government support under DE-AR0000307 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.