Extension to multiple temperatures of a three-reaction global kinetic model for methane dehydroaromatization

Y. Zhu, N. Al-ebbinni, R. Henney, C. Yi, R. Barat

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An alternative to flaring of surplus natural gas is methane dehydroaromatization (MDA) to benzene (C6H6) over a bifunctional molybdenum/zeolite catalyst. Byproducts include H2, C2H4, and naphthalene (C10H8). While an MDA detailed elementary reaction mechanism is now available, a simpler global kinetic model is more useful for engineering and screening calculations. A literature three-step reaction model exists but with rate constants only at 950 K. In the current work, Arrhenius parameters for the three global reactions have been determined over 948–1023 K based on a regression of major gas species concentration data generated from Chemkin® simulations of a packed bed reactor running the detailed MDA mechanism. In addition, the three-step model is used to illustrate the need to remove H2, perhaps through a membranous reactor wall, in order to overcome strong equilibrium CH4 conversion limitations. Such H2 removal, though, improves C10H8 selectivity at the expense of C6H6.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)132-138
Number of pages7
JournalChemical Engineering Science
StatePublished - Feb 23 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


  • Benzene
  • Catalysis
  • Dehydroaromatization
  • Kinetics
  • Methane
  • Naphthalene


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