Volume 90 Issue 51 | p. 32 | Concentrates
Issue Date: December 17, 2012

Sulfur Converts Methane Controllably

Finding may lead to low-cost methods for tapping remote natural gas reserves
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE
Keywords: methane, methane activation, methane challenge, natural gas

Sulfur can controllably convert methane to ethylene in the presence of MoS2, RuS2, TiS2, and other sulfide catalysts, according to an experimental and theoretical study (Nat. Chem., DOI: 10.1038/nchem.1527). The finding may open new routes to exploiting natural gas reserves to address challenges caused by shrinking petroleum supplies. Natural gas, which is mostly methane, is relatively abundant in many . . .

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