This workshop is a collaboration of the Stanford Natural Gas Initiative (NGI) and the Stanford and the Center for Interface Science and Catalysis (SUNCAT)
Thanks to recent progress in unconventional oil and gas development technology, natural gas production and resources in North America are at all time highs, making methane an abundant and affordable feedstock. The only industrial process that converts methane into valuable chemicals is steam reforming, which provides syngas and utilizes large amounts of energy. Obtaining liquid fuels or other larger chemicals in a direct process starting from methane represents a great opportunity for a paradigm shift in the energy, chemical, and transportation industries. For this to happen, big challenges have to be overcome in order to activate the methane molecule at low temperatures and in a selective manner. Opportunities and challenges in the area of methane conversion to liquid fuels and chemicals are the subject of this focused workshop, which will bring together Stanford faculty, researchers, and students and representatives of industrial affiliate member companies. The goals of this workshop are to develop a shared understanding of the state of the science, align academic and industry perspectives on the obstacles and opportunities in this field, and define promising paths forward to help direct research and development priorities.
Key Topics to be Addressed:
1. Targets of interest in methane conversion
2. Potential pathways
3. Main challenges in direct C-H activation
4. Materials and reactor engineering
5. Existing approaches
Attendees from NGI and SUNCAT member companies and Stanford affiliates can register for this event using this link.
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