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Project summary

Methane oxidative conversion and hydroformylation to propylene.

The aim of this project is to produce propylene and other C3 products from methane sourced from stranded or biogas. The synthesis steps will include oxidative conversion of methane, followed by hydroformylation and then dehydration to yield propylene. This route will lower the carbon footprint of the process, and use a feedstock which is currently flared.


Inspiring science in action

JM will be investigating the anchoring of rhodium based homogeneous hydroformylation on metal organic framework materials and mesoporous silicas so that this reaction can be performed in the gas phase. We will prepare MOFs with suitable anchoring sites in their structures, and the shaping/coating of these materials. The shaping/coating will also be done with mesoporous silicas which will be provided by the other partners in the project. Samples will be evaluated in our mini-plant facility, to measure performance and durability of the catalyst under real conditions.


The collaboration

This is a truly multinational collaboration with organisations from Azerbaijan, Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, Norway,and the UK, including Sintef, University of Ghent, Total Research, CNRS, Arkema, Process Design Centre, Linde, State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic, Azerbaijan National Academy of Science, Ayming and Axel'One.


Enhancing life

Reducing carbon footprint of processes, and using waste products means the natural resources of the world are used more effectively.

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