Analysis of the density effect on partial oxidation of methane in supercritical water

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Partial oxidation of methane was conducted in supercritical water at O 2 /CH 4 ratios of 0.03 at 673 K with a flow-type reactor. The main products were CO, methanol, formaldehyde and a small amount of CO 2 and H 2 . With increasing water density, methane conversion increased due to the formation of formaldehyde. A free radical reaction model was applied to this reaction and it was confirmed that the dependence of selectivities for CO and CO 2 on pressure could be well described. The experimental results and model prediction shows that an increase of water density shifted product distribution to partial oxidation products and formaldehyde was found to play an important role in the product selectivity and the partial oxidation chemistry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-77
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Supercritical Fluids
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Jan 1


  • Aldehyde
  • Kinetics
  • Methane
  • Oxidation
  • Supercritical water

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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