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Method for the photocatalytic conversion of methane

United States Patent

*** EXPIRED ***
5,720,858
February 24, 1998
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A method for converting methane to methanol is provided comprising subjecting the methane to visible light in the presence of a catalyst and an electron transfer agent. Another embodiment of the invention provides for a method for reacting methane and water to produce methanol and hydrogen comprising preparing a fluid containing methane, an electron transfer agent and a photolysis catalyst, and subjecting said fluid to visible light for an effective period of time.
Noceti; Richard P. (Pittsburgh, PA), Taylor; Charles E. (Pittsburgh, PA), D'Este; Joseph R. (Pittsburgh, PA)
The United States of America as represented by the United States (Washington, DC)
08/ 682,498
July 17, 1996
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN OF THE INVENTION The United States Government has rights to this invention pursuant to employee/employer relationship of the inventors to the U.S. Department of Energy at the Pittsburgh Energy Technology Center.