Patent Number: 6,761,838

Title: Cyclic autothermal hydrocarbon reforming process

Abstract: Partial oxidation of hydrocarbons to produce hydrogen and carbon monoxide is carried out by a cyclical process, which includes (a) contacting an oxygen ion conducting ceramic with air at a pressure between about 1 and 50 bara in a reactor, wherein oxygen from the air reacts with the ceramic, thereby producing an oxygen-enriched ceramic, and (b) contacting the hot, oxygen-enriched ceramic with hydrocarbon gas and optionally steam in the reactor. During the partial oxidation reaction phase of the process, the oxygen-enriched ceramic reacts with the hydrocarbon, thereby producing the desired gas products and regenerating the oxygen ion conducting ceramic for the next cycle of the process.

Inventors: Zeng; Yongxian (North Plainfield, NJ), Tamhankar; Satish S. (Scotch Plains, NJ), Ramprasad; Narayanan (Hillsborough, NJ), Jain; Ravi (Bridgewater, NJ), MacLean; Donald L. (Clinton, NJ)

Assignee: The BOC Group, Inc.

International Classification: C01B 3/38 (20060101); C01B 3/36 (20060101); C01B 3/00 (20060101); C07C 253/00 (20060101); C07C 253/24 (20060101); C01B 13/02 (20060101); C07D 301/00 (20060101); C07C 45/00 (20060101); C07D 301/04 (20060101); C07C 45/35 (20060101); C07C 45/34 (20060101); C07D 301/22 (20060101); C07C 17/00 (20060101); C07C 45/33 (20060101); C07C 17/154 (20060101); C07C 17/156 (20060101); C07C 001/02 (); C01B 031/18 (); C01B 003/02 ()

Expiration Date: 07/12012