Kinetics of the Heterogeneous Catalytic Decomposition of Methane

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Experiments have clearly demonstrated that dissociation of CH4 on (supported) metal catalyst (e.g. Pt, Ru, Rh, Ir, Pd) occurs to give hydrogen, a small amount of ethane and surface carbonaceous species. For this catalytic decomposition of methane and its conversion into higher hydrocarbons (especially to ethane and surface carbon) model has been developed to investigate the kinetics. Rate constants of the elementary steps have been estimated. The problem with experimental data (especially for the surface species CHm-s) is also treated for the sake of future improvement in the kinetics studies. A comparison with catalytic hydrogenolysis of ethane kinetics is also outlined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-237
Number of pages9
JournalCanadian Journal of Chemical Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1997



  • Formation of ethane
  • Hydrogen
  • Kinetics of the decomposition of methane
  • Surface carbon from methane

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  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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