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Methane; Catalytic Combustion; Palladium; Methane Concentration; Water
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University of Alberta
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Huang, Guangyu
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Hayes, Robert E. (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
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Hayes, Robert E. (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
Wanke, Sieghard E. (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
Checkel, M. David (Mechanical Engineering)
Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering

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Master of Science
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Catalytic combustion provides us an efficient approach for the utilization and mitigation of methane, the major component of natural gas as well as an important greenhouse gas in global warming. From the research of catalytic combustion of methane, better understandings as well as solutions to the current methane-related problems can be obtained. This study investigates lean methane combustion on palladium-based catalysts. Catalysts’ activities were tested through ignition and extinction experiments. Several pretreatments and their influence were studied. Instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) and x-ray diffraction (XRD) were used as characterization tools for the catalysts. It was found that after being reduced, catalysts had stable and excellent abilities for methane conversion. However, these abilities were strongly compromised by additional water in the feeds. XRD results, combined with other testing results, implied that reduction produced the most active samples, while INAA revealed the real Pd concentrations of these catalysts.
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