Generation of Liquid Products from Natural Gas over Zeolite Catalysts

A.V. Vosmerikov1, L.N. Vosmerikova1, G.V. Echevsky2, L.L. Korobitsyna1, Ye.G. Kodenev2 and L.M. Velichkina1

1Institute of Petroleum Chemistry, Akademichesky Ave. 3, Tomsk 634021, Russia

2Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Ak. Lavrentieva Ave. 5, Novosibirsk 630090, Russia


The main component of the natural gas is methane, whose molecules are characterized by a high chemical and thermal stability. It is impossible to perform the chemical transformation of natural gas into liquid organic compounds without applying highly active polyfunctional catalysts. Natural gas might be converted into liquid products in the presence of zeolite catalysts of pentasil family. Zeolite catalysts of ZSM-5 type were prepared to realize the process. They contained various amounts of Zn and Ga promoters introduced by ion exchange and impregnation. It has been shown that in the presence of small amounts of C2-C5 alkanes in the feedstock the methane is converted into aromatic hydrocarbons much more readily and in softer conditions than pure methane. At optimum process conditions reached is a high conversion of the natural gas into a mixture of aromatic hydrocarbons. This mixture mainly consists of benzene and naphthalene and small amounts of their derivatives toluene, C8 and C9+ alkylbenzenes, methyl- and dimethylnaphthalenes. An optimum composition of zeolite matrix and the amount of the modifier in the catalyst have been established.