Mini-plant for OCM process
Mini-plant ready for up-scaling of new OCM catalysts
While a new OCM catalyst is developed by the UniCat team on the basis of fundamental research with model catalysts like metal oxide clusters (H. Schwarz: Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011), thin films and nanoparticles (T. Risse, K.-P. Dinse, R Schloegl, R. Horn et al.: ChemCatChem 2011) the simulation tools and experimental equipment for the up-scaling of the catalyst preparation and applications are developed and installed.
With a careful statistical analysis of all catalysts described in 2700 publications and 140 patents(Schlögl et al.: ChemCatChem 2011) two catalysts were selected for testing and validating the up-scaling tools.
While Li/MgO failed the stability tests on laboratory scale the synthesized Na2WO4/Mn/SiO2 catalysts confirmed the literature data. Fluidized bed technology allowed an up-scaling of the catalyst synthesis to kg scale accompanied with improvements with respect to its catalytic performance in a lab reactor and also its fluidization behaviour (R. Schomäcker, H. Schubert et al.: Chem. Eng. J. 2011).
For studying this and future catalysts a miniplant was designed on the basis of detailed simulation studies for different reactors (G. Wozny et al.: Chem. Eng. Sci. 2011) and product separation concepts. (R. Schomäcker, G. Wozny et al. Appl. Thermal Eng. 2011). With reactor feed strategies derived from kinetic studies and simulation a catalyst performance was achieved that well exceeded the published laboratory test data.
Chemistry with Methane: Concepts Rather than Recipes H. Schwarz, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2011, 50, 10096 - 10115, 10.1002/anie.201006424
Lithium as Modifier for Morphology and Defect Structure of Porous Magnesium Oxide Materials Prepared by Gel Combustion Synthesis U. Zavyalova, G. Weinberg, W. Frandsen, F. Girgsdies, T. Risse, K. P. Dinse, R. Schlögl, R. Horn ChemCatChem 2011, 3, 1179-1788, 10.1002/cctc.201100186.
Statistical Analysis of Past Catalytic Data on Oxidative Methane Coupling for New Insights into the Composition of High-Performance Catalysts Ulyana Zavyalova, Martin Holena, Robert Schlögl, Manfred Baerns ChemCatChem 2011, 3, 1935–1947, 10.1002/cctc.201100186
Fluidized bed processing of sodium tungsten manganese catalysts for the oxidative coupling of methane U. Simon, O. Görke, A. Berthold, S. Arndt, R. Schomäcker, H. Schubert Chemical Engineering Journal 2011, 168, 1352 - 1359, doi:10.1016/j.cej.2011.02.013
Analysis of attainable reactor performance for the oxidative methane coupling process S. Jaso, H. R. Godini, H. Arellano-Garcia, G. Wozny Chemical Engineering Science 2010, 65, 6341 - 6352, 10.1016/j.ces.2010.08.019
On the design, development and operation of an energy efficient CO2 removal for the oxidative coupling of methane in a miniplant scale Steffen Stünkel, Daniel Illmer, Andreas Drescher, Reinhard Schomäcker, Günter Wozny Applied Thermal Engineering 2011, Published online October 25, 2011, doi: 10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2011.10.035