Development of Hybrid Plasma Simulation of Plasma-Enhanced Catalytic Conversion of Renewable Neutral Gas to Value-Added Petrochemicals

C. H. Ho, B. Ekinci, S. D. Knecht, Xiaoxing Wang, S. G. Bilen

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Olefins are the primary feedstocks of important chemical industrial products such as plastic. Currently, the production of olefins is mainly through steam cracking of liquid hydrocarbon feedstocks, which is highly energy intensive. These processes also generate high carbon emissions. For example, 1.5 tons of carbon dioxide is emitted in the processes of producing a ton of ethylene.1 To decarbonize the petrochemical production process, our team at The Pennsylvania State University proposes the method of converting renewable neutral gas, mainly methane, to olefins with the process utilizing non-equilibrium plasma coupled with designed catalysts. The selectivity of different olefins can be achieved by altering operating conditions, catalyst-support formulation, and reactor geometry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationICOPS 2023 - 50th IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9798350302660
StatePublished - 2023
Event50th IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science, ICOPS 2023 - Santa Fe, United States
Duration: May 21 2023May 25 2023

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Plasma Science
ISSN (Print)0730-9244


Conference50th IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science, ICOPS 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySanta Fe

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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