One-Step Reforming of CO2 and CH4 into High-Value Liquid Chemicals and Fuels at Room Temperature by Plasma-Driven Catalysis

Li Wang, Yanhui Yi, Chunfei Wu, Hongchen Guo, Xin Tu*

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Abstract

The conversion of CO2 with CH4 into liquid fuels and chemicals in a single-step catalytic process that bypasses the production of syngas remains a challenge. In this study, liquid fuels and chemicals (e.g., acetic acid, methanol, ethanol, and formaldehyde) were synthesized in a one-step process from CO2 and CH4 at room temperature (30 °C) and atmospheric pressure for the first time by using a novel plasma reactor with a water electrode. The total selectivity to oxygenates was approximately 50–60 %, with acetic acid being the major component at 40.2 % selectivity, the highest value reported for acetic acid thus far. Interestingly, the direct plasma synthesis of acetic acid from CH4 and CO2 is an ideal reaction with 100 % atom economy, but it is almost impossible by thermal catalysis owing to the significant thermodynamic barrier. The combination of plasma and catalyst in this process shows great potential for manipulating the distribution of liquid chemical products in a given process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13679-13683
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Volume56
Issue number44
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Oct 2017

Keywords

  • carbon dioxide
  • heterogeneous catalysis
  • methane
  • plasma chemistry
  • reforming

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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