In an earlier publication  it has been claimed that oxidative coupling of methane to higher hydrocarbons had been obtained with close to 100% selectivity at 600 ° C and atmospheric pressure in the presence of steam over a CaNiK oxide catalyst. These results have been confirmed in longer runs. Artifacts, such as carbonate formation on the catalyst, have been excluded. The reaction is slightly exothermic. An Arrhenius plot shows that methane oxidation to CO2 predominates at temperatures above 600 ° C and oxidative methane coupling at lower temperatures. The importance of exact catalyst composition is demonstrated.
- Oxydehydrogenation of methane
- catalytic methane conversion
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