Oxidative Coupling of Methane on Oxygen-Semipermeable Yttria-Doped Bismuth Oxide Ceramics in a Reducing Atmosphere

Y. Zeng, Y. S. Lin

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Oxidative coupling of methane (OCM) on oxygen-semipermeable δ-phase 25 mol % Y2O3/Bi2O3 (BY25) in a reducing (methane) atmosphere was studied by measuring transient catalytic properties and weight change of the ceramics when exposed to a methane stream at high temperatures (>800°C). Compared to the results obtained in a fixed-bed reactor operated in the cofeed mode, BY25 ceramics in a pellet form exhibit extremely high C2 selectivity (94%) and appreciable reactivity (C2 formation rate of 0.7 μmol/g·s for OCM in a highly reducing methane atmosphere. Experimental results are also reported to show the effects of temperature, flow rate, methane exposure time, helium purge time, and helium to methane ratio on catalytic properties of BY25 pellets in a methane atmosphere. The results indicate that BY25 ceramic membrane materials possess desired catalytic properties for OCM membrane reactor applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)277-283
Number of pages7
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1997
Externally publishedYes


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  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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