Biological conversion of methane gas has been attracting considerable recent interest. However, methanotropic bioreactor is limited by low solubility of methane gas in aqueous solution. Although a large mass transfer coefficient of methane in water could possibly overcome this limitation, no dissolved methane probe in aqueous environment is commercially available. We have developed a reactor enabling the measurement of aqueous phase methane concentration and mass transfer coefficient (k L a). The feasibility of the new reactor was demonstrated by measuring k L a values as a function of spinning rate of impeller and flow rate of methane gas. Especially, at spinning rate of 300 rpm and flow rate of 3.0 L/min, a large k L a value of 102.9 h−1 was obtained.
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This article is dedicated to Prof. Hwayong Kim on the occasion of his retirement from Seoul National Univerisity.
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Lee, J., Yasin, M., Park, S. et al. Gas-liquid mass transfer coefficient of methane in bubble column reactor. Korean J. Chem. Eng. 32, 1060–1063 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11814-014-0341-7
- Mass Transfer Coefficient
- Bubble Column Reactor
- Shale Gas