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Reference Number EP/F068379/1
Title Low temperature selective methane oxidation in confined spaces
Status Completed
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Bio-Energy, Other bio-energy) 5%;
Not Energy Related 85%;
Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Oil and gas conversion) 5%;
Energy Efficiency(Industry) 5%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor GJ Hutchings
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Cardiff University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 April 2008
End Date 31 March 2011
Duration 36 months
Total Grant Value £278,124
Industrial Sectors Chemicals; Environment
Region Wales
Programme NC : Physical Sciences
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor GJ Hutchings , Chemistry, Cardiff University (100.000%)
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Abstract Oxidation using heterogeneous catalysts with molecular oxygen as the oxidant represents an important step in the industrial utilisation of hydrocarbons. There remain many grand challenges in the field of oxidation chemistry which tantalise scientists, yet their solution always seems just out of reach. One in particular are the selective oxidation of methane to methanol and this will be addressed in this proposal. At present, most oxidation processes require activated hydrocarbon molecules, such as alkenes, to be effective. However, methane is abundant and the identification of a catalyst for the direct selective oxidation of methane would revolutionalise industry. Unfortunately, indirect utilization via synthesis gas is the only commercially viable possibility at present. This proposal aims to investigate the direct oxidation of methane to methanol using a novel low temperature approach in which the activation is induced within micropores of zeolitic materials. Methanol can then beutilized as a precursor for ethene and propene formation using well known Methanol-to-Olefins processes
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