Oxidative Coupling of Methane

Muhammad Ali, University of Wyoming
Don Dennert, University of Wyoming
Jesse Hinshaw, University of Wyoming
Spencer Moul, University of Wyoming

Oral Presentation

Description

This report outlines the capability and feasibility of a process designed to produce chemical grade ethylene from natural gas. The natural gas is converted into ethylene by a one-step reaction called oxidative coupling. In this particular report the primary focus will be placed on an oxidative coupling of methane (OCM) reaction. This reaction was discovered in the early 80’s and can be used to convert methane directly into more valuable chemicals such as ethylene, the world’s largest commodity chemical. Direct conversion of methane into more profitable products is very challenging because of methane’s noble gas-like electronic configuration. A good conversion rate of methane into ethylene is heavily dependent on the catalyst used. Currently there are no commercial OCM plants in existence because no one has been able to design an economically viable process.

 

Oxidative Coupling of Methane

This report outlines the capability and feasibility of a process designed to produce chemical grade ethylene from natural gas. The natural gas is converted into ethylene by a one-step reaction called oxidative coupling. In this particular report the primary focus will be placed on an oxidative coupling of methane (OCM) reaction. This reaction was discovered in the early 80’s and can be used to convert methane directly into more valuable chemicals such as ethylene, the world’s largest commodity chemical. Direct conversion of methane into more profitable products is very challenging because of methane’s noble gas-like electronic configuration. A good conversion rate of methane into ethylene is heavily dependent on the catalyst used. Currently there are no commercial OCM plants in existence because no one has been able to design an economically viable process.