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Zeocat-3d

  • ZEOCAT-3D
    Development of a bifunctional hierarchically structured zeolite
    based nano-catalyst using 3D-technology for direct conversion of methane
    into aromatic hydrocarbons via methane dehydroaromatization
  • ZEOCAT-3D
    Development of a bifunctional hierarchically structured zeolite
    based nano-catalyst using 3D-technology for direct conversion of methane
    into aromatic hydrocarbons via methane dehydroaromatization
  • ZEOCAT-3D
    Development of a bifunctional hierarchically structured zeolite
    based nano-catalyst using 3D-technology for direct conversion of methane
    into aromatic hydrocarbons via methane dehydroaromatization

Zeocat-3d project

The goal of the project ZEOCAT-3D is the development of a new bi-functional (two types of active centers) structured catalysts, achieving for the first time a tetramodal pore size distribution (micro-, meso1-, meso2-, macro-porous) and high dispersion of metal active sites for the conversion of methane, coming from different sources as natural gas and biogas, into high value chemicals such as aromatics (benzene, naphthalene, among others) via methane dehydroaromatization (MDA).

Challenges of the MDA process

Difficult activation of the C-H bond of CH4 molecule, high reactivity of the products compared to methane, and acid sites of zeolites are occupied by coke deposition.

Problems to solve

The main drawbacks associated the process are low methane conversion, low selectivity towards the desired products and the quick deactivation due to carbon deposition onto the catalyst.

The solution

These problems will be overcome by the use of hierarchical zeolites structures synthesized by 3D-printing and loaded with doped molybdenum nano-oxides.

Expected results

Improved methane conversion (>50%), Increased selectivitiy towards benzene (>90%), Enhanced performance (7 times less deactivation), Higher yield rates (up to 80%).

What are the Key elements on which the research will be focused?

Catalyst

Development and production of improved catalyst, a 3D hierarchical structure with bi-functional activity (two types of active centers).

Reactor

Design, construction and validation of catalytic reactor, with improved productivity for direct methane MDA into aromatics.

Modelling

Rational design of catalyst/multi-scale modelling, for achieving multimodal pore size distribution (micro-, meso1-, meso2-, macro-porous).

Feedstock

Optimization for different methane feedstock, which will bring enormous advantages for increasing the exploitation of natural gas and biogas.

Let’s explore our sinergies

We seek collaboration with other EU projects, platforms and initiatives in order to organize events, share information and boost the dissemination of our results. Let’s explore our synergies.

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ZEOCAT-3D is a research project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program, under the topic CE-NMBP-24-2018 “Catalytic transformation of hydrocarbons” of the call H2020-NMBP-ST-IND-2018-2020.

The aim of the project is the development of a bifunctional hierarchically structured zeolite based nano-catalyst using 3D-technology for direct conversion of methane into aromatic hydrocarbons via methane dehydroaromatization. The methodology of the project will go from laboratory to pilot scale demonstration in a real environment. Catalyst design and operation conditions will be optimized for different methane feedstock at lab-scale and then upscaling and construction of a final prototype will be carried out

Proposes a successful alternative of production of benzene process with innovative properties versus traditional ones in terms of simplicity (direct conversion), high selectivity, regenerability and deactivation of catalyst, high efficiency, low cost and environmental sustainability

We look for professionals interested in taking advantage of ZEOCAT-3D technology at industrial level. We look for researchers and professionals interested in exploring the possibilities of the project results for other types of industrial applications. Also, the joint organization of dissemination events seem a very efficient option to us. Let’s give us the opportunity to take the best advantage of the research effort, talking about our synergies.

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