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Keywords:

  • hydrocarbons;
  • hydrogenation;
  • industrial chemistry;
  • oxidation;
  • oxidative coupling
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Dual to the death: The selective conversion of methane into higher alkanes in industrially relevant conversions combines the oxidative coupling of methane (OCM) with the selective hydrogenation of CO and CO2 in a second reactor, without the need for expensive pre-separation of the reaction products that are formed in the OCM reactor. Thus, the yield of higher alkanes (34 %) is at least 50 % higher than that from a single OCM reactor.