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Photocatalytic conversion of methane contained in methane hydrates

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Abstract

Photocatalytic conversion of methane dissolved in water at 1 MPa and 100 MPa, and methane contained in methane hydrates was performed. Several photocatalysts based on tungsten oxide and titania was investigated. Both full spectrum and visible light were used as the illumination source. Our results indicate that the photocatalyst with the highest level of conversion of methane is the lanthanum-doped tungsten oxide. The main products of photocatalysis are hydrogen and methanol.

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Taylor, C.E. Photocatalytic conversion of methane contained in methane hydrates. Top Catal 32, 179–184 (2005). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11244-005-2889-2

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Keywords

  • Oxide
  • Hydrogen
  • Methanol
  • Titania
  • Physical Chemistry