Details

Project TitleCO2 Hydrogenation Catalyst
Track Code2017-045
Short Description

APPLICATIONS: 

This invention is a novel class of catalysts for production of synthetic methanol from CO2 and hydrogen.

PROBLEMS ADDRESSED:

Global methanol demand is growing as result of increasing demand as a feedstock in polymer production and because of emerging alternative energy applications. CO2 hydrogenation is the standard approach for producing synthetic methanol. However, achieving high selectivity in direct CO2 conversion to methanol under the most desirable reaction conditions is a hurdle to lower cost synthetic methanol production. Conventional catalysts tend to sinter at higher temperatures where the hydrogenation reaction is faster, leading to deactivation. Researchers at the University of Delaware have developed highly selective catalyst compositions for CO2 hydrogenation that can operate at higher temperatures without deactivation. 

TECHNOLOGY DESCRIPTION:

This invention is a novel class of catalysts that catalyzes the conversion of CO2 to methanol. The catalyst gives higher selectivity compared to conventional catalysts and can be used at higher temperatures without sintering that leads to deactivation.   .

STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT:

 Multiple compositions have been demonstrated in laboratory conditions.  Further development for optimization of selectivity and stability at pilot-scale and production levels is required.

AbstractNone
 
Tagscatalyst, synthetic, methanol, co2
 
Posted DateJul 11, 2017 10:02 AM

Researcher

Name
Raul Lobo
Chen-Yu Chou

Manager

Name
William Johnson

Benefits

  • High selectivity and stability
  • Relatively inexpensive
  • No undesirable by-products
  • Cleaner plastic manufacturing feedstock 

Uses/Users

Inquiry

Denise Bierlein

Licensing Analyst

Telephone:  302-831-4005

Email:  techtransfer@udel.edu

Intellectual Property

Patent Number Issue Date Type Country of Filing
Patent Pending None Provisional United States
None None Other Patent None