Special Issue "Methane Reforming"


A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Organic Synthesis".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 December 2014)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Günter Wozny
Chair of Process Dynamics and Operation, Berlin Institute of Technology, Strasse des 17. Juni 135, Sekr. KWT-9, D-10623 Berlin, Germany
Website: http://www.dbta.tu-berlin.de/
Interests: process optimization and operation; process modeling and simulation; integrated processes; information and knowledge management; system dynamics; thermal separation processes
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Reinhard Schomäcker
Department of Chemistry, Technical University of Berlin, Strasse des 17. Juni 124, 10623 Berlin, Germany
Website: http://www.chemie.tu-berlin.de/?id=43590
Phone: +49 30 314 24973
Interests: catalysis; colloids; kinetics; reaction engineering; membrane reactors; microemulsions; asymmetric hydrogenation; hydroformylation; partial oxidation of hydrocarbons
Guest Editor
Dr. Hamid Godini
Chair of Process Dynamics and Operation; Berlin Institute of Technology; Strasse des 17. Juni 135; Sekr. KWT-9; D-10623 Berlin;
Website: http://www.dbta.tu-berlin.de/

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Methane reforming has been investigated extensively for hydrogen production in various applications from fuel cells up to the syngas production in Fischer-Tropsch synthesis. A significant portion of natural gas conversion is currently operated via industrial-scale steam reforming of methane. Methane reforming can also be accomplished by using carbon dioxide as feedstock, which is known as dry reforming. However, this process needs to be further investigated in order to be exploited on a large scale in a robust individual or integrated reforming process. This specifically includes further investigation and characterization of the proposed catalysts for this process with regard to their stability and resistance against coke formation. Another important aspect of the methane reforming reaction is its strongly endothermic character. Addressing this aspect has been the main motivation for combining this endothermic reaction with exothermic oxidative methane conversion processes, such as partial oxidation and methane or oxidative coupling reactions in autothermal or thermally integrated reactors. The hydrogen/carbon-oxide ratio in the resulted gas stream can be well controlled in such integrated systems so that the desired final and intermediate products, such as dimethyl-ether and methanol, can be produced. For the process-scale, it is also crucial to have an efficient heat-integration to improve the energy efficiency and economy of this process. Therefore, along with investigating the significant potential for improving the performance of the methane reforming reactor via designing novel and efficient reactors and integrated reactor systems, there should be a review of general perspectives of the process design with regard to energy, economical aspects and its potential to be integrated with other processes. Especially in this context, introducing and analyzing the efficient separation techniques can play a major role.

Research articles covering all areas of catalyst, reactor, process-scale analysis of methane reforming, such as novel integrated reactor and process systems, energy and economic analysis, catalyst characteristics and kinetic studies, are very welcome for inclusion in this Special Issue of Molecules.

Prof. Dr. Günter Wozny
Prof. Dr. Reinhard Schomäcker
Dr. Hamid Reza Godini
Guest Editors


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  • steam methane reforming
  • partial oxidation
  • OCM (Oxidative Coupling of Methane)
  • Syngas-Methanol-Olefin
  • dry methane reforming
  • autothermal reactor
  • integrated reactor systems
  • industrial-research barriers
  • thermal-reaction engineering
  • catalyst characteristics
  • process design
  • energy and economic analysis

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Molecules 2015, 20(3), 4998-5023; doi:10.3390/molecules20034998
Received: 19 January 2015 / Accepted: 11 March 2015 / Published: 18 March 2015
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p. 4594-4609
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Molecules 2015, 20(3), 4594-4609; doi:10.3390/molecules20034594
Received: 16 December 2014 / Revised: 27 February 2015 / Accepted: 2 March 2015 / Published: 12 March 2015
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