Production of Formaldehyde from CH4 and H2S (Technology #: 020102-01)

Description:

A method wherein a sour natural gas stream can be treated to produce primarily carbon monoxide from methane, and the carbon monoxide and hydrogensulfide are reacted to produce methyl mercaptans, (primarily methanethiol (CH.sub.3 SH) and a small amount of dimethyl sulfide (CH.sub.3 SCH.sub.3)). The methyl mercaptans preferably are passed in contact with a catalyst comprising a supported metal oxide or a bulk metal oxide in the presence of an oxidizing agent and for a time sufficient to convert at least a portion of the methyl mercaptan to formaldehyde (CH2O), and sulfur dioxide (SO2).


STATUS OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

This technology is protected under the US Patent 6,683,221


Isreal Wach's Lehigh Page

Patent Information:
For Information, Contact:
Yatin Karpe
Associate Director
Lehigh University
yak206@lehigh.edu
Inventors:
Israel Wachs
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