The goal of this project is to design and demonstrate a core-shell structured multifunctional catalyst for single step conversion of the light components of shale gas into liquid aromatic compounds
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695
This project aims to design and demonstrate a core-shell structured multifunctional catalyst for single step conversion of the light components of shale gas into liquid aromatic compounds. Operated in a modular oxidative aromatization system (OAS) under a cyclic redox scheme, the novel catalyst and process can significantly improve the value and transportability of stranded natural gas.
It is anticipated that the OAS will produce high-value liquid aromatics from low-value natural gas: converting flared and rejected methane (C1) and ethane (C2) alone may lead to a >$5 billion/year value creation. Successful completion of the project will result in optimized OAS redox catalysts with superior aromatics yield (>40% per-pass or 90% overall) and stability (<5% deactivation over 100 hours redox cycles). Realization of these goals will significantly de-risk the scale up and commercialization efforts related to the technology.
A final Techno-Economic Assessment (TEA) for the proposed technology will be developed and updated as the research progresses. This project is scheduled to end in June 2023.