Low Temperature Methane Conversion Through Impacting Common Alloy Catalysts
Many chemical reactions require rapid heating and quenching and/or precious metal catalysts in order to achieve a desirable rate of reaction. Rapid heating and quenching is thermally inefficient and precious metal is undesirable because of its high cost and because it’s periodic regeneration consumes oxygen and/or hydrogen. Alternatives to rapid heating-quenching processes and to precious metal catalysts could therefore create the potential for a significant reduction in national energy consumption and a reduced reliance on material acquisition from foreign entities.
Project Innovation + Advantages:
Space Orbital Services, in conjunction with SRI International, proposes to conduct laboratory-based, small-scale research to develop a methane conversion technology that employs unconventional chemistry at relatively low temperature, based on impacting a common alloy catalyst. The project uses laboratory experiments to establish, measure and refine operational parameters including conversion rates and efficiency, reaction products, and reactor design.