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Method for improving catalyst function in auto-thermal and partial oxidation reformer-based processors

United States Patent

August 26, 2014
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The invention provides a method for reforming fuel, the method comprising contacting the fuel to an oxidation catalyst so as to partially oxidize the fuel and generate heat; warming incoming fuel with the heat while simultaneously warming a reforming catalyst with the heat; and reacting the partially oxidized fuel with steam using the reforming catalyst.
Ahmed; Shabbir (Naperville, IL), Papadias; Dionissios D. (Chicago, IL), Lee; Sheldon H. D (Willowbrook, IL), Ahluwalia; Rajesh K. (Burr Ridge, IL)
UChicago Argonne, LLC (Chicago, IL)
13/ 720,625
December 19, 2012
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN OF THE INVENTION The U.S. Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357 between the U.S. Department of Energy and the University of Chicago representing Argonne National Laboratory.