Volume 92 Issue 23 | p. 9 | News of The Week
Issue Date: June 9, 2014 | Web Date: June 5, 2014

Siluria, Linde Move On New Ethylene Technology

Partners are a step closer to making conversion of methane into ethylene a reality
Department: Business
Keywords: methane activation, oxidative coupling, shale, ethylene

Technology that has eluded the petrochemical industry for decades is inching closer to commercialization. Siluria Technologies has formed a partnership with the engineering giant Linde to develop its oxidative coupling process for converting methane into ethylene.

The technology is based on nanowire catalysts developed at the MIT lab of Angela M. Belcher. If it works on a commercial scale, companies could make ethylene from low-cost methane, rather than the naphtha . . .

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