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Title: Method for the photocatalytic conversion of gas hydrates

Abstract

A method for converting methane hydrates to methanol, as well as hydrogen, through exposure to light. The process includes conversion of methane hydrates by light where a radical initiator has been added, and may be modified to include the conversion of methane hydrates with light where a photocatalyst doped by a suitable metal and an electron transfer agent to produce methanol and hydrogen. The present invention operates at temperatures below 0.degree. C., and allows for the direct conversion of methane contained within the hydrate in situ.

Inventors:
 [1];  [1];  [2]
  1. (Pittsburg, PA)
  2. (Bethel Park, PA)
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
National Energy Technology Laboratory, Pittsburgh, PA, and Morgantown, WV
OSTI Identifier:
873892
Patent Number(s):
6267849
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States Department (Washington, DC) NETL
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
method; photocatalytic; conversion; gas; hydrates; converting; methane; methanol; hydrogen; exposure; light; process; radical; initiator; added; modified; photocatalyst; doped; suitable; metal; electron; transfer; agent; produce; operates; temperatures; below; degree; allows; direct; contained; hydrate; situ; produce methanol; temperatures below; electron transfer; gas hydrate; radical initiator; photocatalytic conversion; methane hydrates; transfer agent; direct conversion; converting methane; catalytic conversion; /204/

Citation Formats

Taylor, Charles E., Noceti, Richard P., and Bockrath, Bradley C. Method for the photocatalytic conversion of gas hydrates. United States: N. p., 2001. Web.
Taylor, Charles E., Noceti, Richard P., & Bockrath, Bradley C. Method for the photocatalytic conversion of gas hydrates. United States.
Taylor, Charles E., Noceti, Richard P., and Bockrath, Bradley C. Mon . "Method for the photocatalytic conversion of gas hydrates". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/873892.
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title = {Method for the photocatalytic conversion of gas hydrates},
author = {Taylor, Charles E. and Noceti, Richard P. and Bockrath, Bradley C.},
abstractNote = {A method for converting methane hydrates to methanol, as well as hydrogen, through exposure to light. The process includes conversion of methane hydrates by light where a radical initiator has been added, and may be modified to include the conversion of methane hydrates with light where a photocatalyst doped by a suitable metal and an electron transfer agent to produce methanol and hydrogen. The present invention operates at temperatures below 0.degree. C., and allows for the direct conversion of methane contained within the hydrate in situ.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
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place = {United States},
year = {2001},
month = {1}
}

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