Methane and Alkane Conversion Chemistry

  • Madan M. Bhasin
  • D. W. Slocum

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Gas Conversion: Methane and Alkane Activation Chemistry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. M. M. Bhasin, K. D. Campbell
      Pages 3-17
    3. X. P. Zhou, S. Q. Zhou, W. D. Zhang, Z. S. Chao, W. Z. Weng, R. Q. Long et al.
      Pages 19-30
    4. János Sárkány, Qun Sun, Juana Isabel Di Cosimo, Richard G. Herman, Kamil Klier
      Pages 31-38
    5. G. C. Hoogendam, K. Seshan, J. G. van Ommen, J. R. H. Ross
      Pages 39-44
    6. R. H. Cunningham, R. A. van Santen, A. V. G. Mangnus, J. H. B. J. Hoebink
      Pages 59-69
    7. Y.-K. Sun, J. T. Lewandowski, G. R. Myers, A. J. Jacobson, R. B. Hall
      Pages 85-93
    8. Liwu Lin, Laiyuan Chen, Zhusheng Xu, Tao Zhang
      Pages 95-109
  3. Mechanism and Modeling of Methane-Rich Oxidation

  4. Methane to Oxygenates and Chemicals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. Steven Betteridge, C. Richard A. Catlow, Robin W. Grimes, Justin S. J. Hargreaves, Graham J. Hutchings, Richard W. Joyner et al.
      Pages 187-193
    3. B. Kartheuser, B. K. Hodnett, H. Zanthoff, M. Baerns
      Pages 195-205
    4. S. Hong, S. Kasztelan, E. Payen, J. B. Moffat
      Pages 207-218
    5. Qun Sun, Jih-Mirn Jehng, Hangchun Hu, Richard G. Herman, Israel E. Wachs, Kamil Klier
      Pages 219-226
    6. Marisol Faraldos, Miguel A. Bañares, James A. Anderson, José Luís G. Fierro
      Pages 241-247
    7. Rajat Bhatnagar, Richard G. Mallinson
      Pages 249-264
    8. G. Stewart Walker, Jacek A. Lapszewicz
      Pages 265-270
    9. Hyman D. Gesser, Norman R. Hunter, Albert N. Shigapov
      Pages 271-286
    10. V. S. Arutyunov, V. Ya. Basevich, V. I. Vedeneev
      Pages 287-290
    11. Rameshwar D. Srivastava, Sai V. Gollakota, Gary J. Stiegel, Arun C. Bose
      Pages 291-295
    12. Charles E. Taylor, Richard R. Anderson, Curt M. White, Richard P. Noceti
      Pages 297-304
    13. V. R. Choudhary, A. M. Rajput, B. Prabhakar
      Pages 305-313
    14. Y. Soong, R. R. Schehl, R. P. Noceti
      Pages 315-320
    15. Stuart H. Taylor, Justin S. J. Hargreaves, Graham J. Hutchings, Richard W. Joyner
      Pages 339-345
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 347-349

About this book


Natural gas, an abundant natural energy and chemical resource, is underutilized. Its inherent high energy content is compromised by its volatility. Storage and transportation problems abound for liquified natural gas. Several of the drawbacks of the utilization of natural gas, particularly its high volatility, could be offset by development of an economical and efficient process for coupling and/or further homologation of its principal component, methane. Alternatively, other conversion strategies such as partial oxidation to methanol and syngas, to oxygenates or conversion to such products via the intermediacy of chlorides should also be considered. Given the energy-intensive regimes necessary for the likely activation of methane, it was inevitable that researchers would tum to the use of heterogeneous catalysts. Heterogeneous catalysis is now a relatively mature discipline with numerous and diverse reactions being explored alongside informative studies on surface characterization, mechanism, and theory. Relationships to important related areas such as homogeneous catalysis, organometallic chemistry, and inorganic chemistry have become firmly established within this discipline. The field of methane and alkane activation is now over ten years old. The first decade of investigation produced results plagued by low yields and low-moderate conversions with well-articulated mechanistic limitations. As we begin the second decade of inquiry, novel strategies have brought increasing yields and conversions to such products as ethane, ethylene, methanol, and formaldehyde. These new approaches utilize separation of products via membranes or adsorbents. Moreover, additional mechanistic insight has been forthcoming from theoretical and computational examination as well as experimental investigation.


Chlor catalysis chemistry inorganic chemistry methanol organic chemistry

Editors and affiliations

  • Madan M. Bhasin
    • 1
  • D. W. Slocum
    • 2
  1. 1.Union Carbide CorporationSouth CharlestonUSA
  2. 2.Western Kentucky UniversityBowling GreenUSA

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