Fischer-tropsch synthesis using microchannel technology and novel catalyst and microchannel reactor

Primary Investigator:

Schematic of engineered catalyst based on multilayer carbon nanotube arrays for Fischer-Tropsch synthesis in a microchannel reactor.

Schematic of engineered catalyst based on multilayer carbon nanotube arrays for Fischer-Tropsch synthesis in a microchannel reactor.

Cathy Chin

Description:

The disclosed invention relates to a process for converting a reactant composition comprising Hand CO to a product comprising at least one aliphatic hydrocarbon having at least about 5 carbon atoms, the process comprising: flowing the reactant composition through a microchannel reactor in contact with a Fischer-Tropsch catalyst to convert the reactant composition to the product, the microchannel reactor comprising a plurality of process microchannels containing the catalyst; transferring heat from the process microchannels to a heat exchanger; and removing the product from the microchannel reactor; the process producing at least about 0.5 gram of aliphatic hydrocarbon having at least about 5 carbon atoms per gram of catalyst per hour; the selectivity to methane in the product being less than about 25%. The disclosed invention also relates to a supported catalyst comprising Co, and a microchannel reactor comprising at least one process microchannel and at least one adjacent heat exchange zone.

Publications:

Preparation of a novel structured catalyst based on aligned carbon nanotube arrays for a microchannel Fischer-Tropsch synthesis reactor

Patent:

Fischer-tropsch synthesis using microchannel technology and novel catalyst and microchannel reactor

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