August 2016

Trends and Resources

Innovations

Turning methane into a high-value chemical was achieved by German chemical company Grillo after years of intensive research.

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Breakthrough in activation of methane Turning methane into a high-value chemical was achieved by German chemical company Grillo after years of intensive research. The new process leads to high-purity methanesulfonic acid (MSA) by direct sulfonation of methane with sulfur trioxide (Fig. 1). Initial large-scale production is planned for 2019. Methane is the main component of natural gas and is, thus far, primarily being burned for heat and energy. Industry and science have been searching for a material use for methane. Besides direct sulfonation, which has now been achieved by Grillo, research focuses on direct oxidation of methane to methanol

Log in to view this article.

Not Yet A Subscriber? Here are Your Options.

1) Start a FREE TRIAL SUBSCRIPTION and gain access to all articles in the current issue of Hydrocarbon Processing magazine.

2) SUBSCRIBE to Hydrocarbon Processing magazine in print or digital format and gain ACCESS to the current issue as well as to 3 articles from the HP archives per month. $399 for an annual subscription*.

3) Start a FULL ACCESS PLAN SUBSCRIPTION and regain ACCESS to this article, the current issue, all past issues in the HP Archive, the HP Process Handbooks, HP Market Data, and more. $1,995 for an annual subscription.  For information about group rates or multi-year terms, contact J'Nette Davis-Nichols at Jnette.Davis-Nichols@GulfEnergyInfo.com or +1 713.520.4426*.

*Access will be granted the next business day.

Related Articles

From the Archive

Comments

Comments

{{ error }}
{{ comment.comment.Name }} • {{ comment.timeAgo }}
{{ comment.comment.Text }}