IR spectroscopic measurement of hydrogen production kinetics in methane dry reforming

Jiazheng Ren, Ming Li, Alex Chinghuan Lee, Kai Cheng, Yongsheng Chen

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Dry reforming of methane (DRM) is a reaction that converts two greenhouse gases, CH4 and CO2, to syngas (H2 + CO). Gas chromatography (GC) is almost exclusively used to evaluate catalyst performance. In order to measure the hydrogen production rate with GC, an inert gas with a constant flow rate is usually fed into the system as an internal standard. In this work, an IR spectroscopy-based method is used to achieve the same technical goal with much higher time resolution and much smaller measurement errors. IR measures the molar fractions of CH4, CO2, CO and H2O in the reaction effluent. By applying general mass balance principle and the relevant reaction stoichiometries, H2 production rate is successfully measured without an internal standard. The results are quite close to those obtained by GC with much higher time resolution, making it possible to observe fast reaction kinetics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9866-9872
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Apr 19

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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