1st Edition

Direct Natural Gas Conversion to Value-Added Chemicals

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ISBN 9780367539498
March 25, 2022 Forthcoming by CRC Press
468 Pages 12 Color & 151 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Direct Natural Gas Conversion to Value-Added Chemicals comprehensively discusses all major aspects of natural gas conversion and introduces a broad spectrum of recent technological developments. Specifically, the book describes heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis, microwave-assisted conversion, non-thermal plasma conversion, electrochemical conversion, and novel chemical looping conversion approaches.


  • Provides an excellent benchmark resource for the industry and academics
  • Appeals to experienced researchers as well as newcomers to the field, despite the variety of contributing authors and the complexity of the material covered
  • Includes all aspects of direct natural gas conversion: fundamental chemistry, different routes of conversion, catalysts, catalyst deactivation, reaction engineering, novel conversion concepts, thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer issues, system design, and recent research and development
  • Discusses new developments in natural gas conversion and future challenges and opportunities

This book is as an excellent resource for advanced students, technology developers, and researchers in chemical engineering, industrial chemistry, and others interested in the conversion of natural gas.

Table of Contents



List of Contributors

Chapter 1 Electrochemical Conversion of Natural Gas to Value Added Chemicals

Chapter 2 Microwaves in Nonoxidative Conversion of Natural Gas to Value-Added Products

Chapter 3 Nonthermal Plasma Conversion of Natural Gas to Oxygenates

Chapter 4 Natural Gas Conversion to Olefins via Chemical Looping

Chapter 5 Oxidative Coupling of Methane

Chapter 6 Direct Natural Gas Conversion to Oxygenates

Chapter 7 Hydrogen and Solid Carbon Products from Natural Gas: A Review of Process Requirements, Current Technologies, Market Analysis, and Preliminary Techno Economic Assessment

Chapter 8 Methane Conversion on Single-Atom Catalysts

Chapter 9 Active Sites in Mo/HZSM-5 Catalysts for Nonoxidative Methane Dehydroaromatization

Chapter 10 Natural Gas Dehydroaromatization

Chapter 11 Multifunctional Reactors for Direct Nonoxidative Methane Conversion

Chapter 12 Homogeneous Methane Functionalization

Chapter 13 3D Printed Immobilized Biocatalysts for Conversion of Methane

Chapter 14 Biological Conversion of Natural Gas

Chapter 15 System Integration Approaches in Natural Gas Conversion

Chapter 16 Techno-Economic Analysis of Microwave-Assisted Conversion Processes: Application to a Direct Natural Gas-to-Aromatics Process


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Jianli Hu

Dr. Jianli Hu is a Chair Professor and the Director of Shale Gas Center at West Virginia University. He leads an interdisciplinary faculty team carrying out cutting edge research in natural gas conversion as well as renewable energy utilization. He has demonstrated strong leadership in partnering with U.S. national laboratories and industrial companies to undertake a number of research projects funded by U.S. federal agencies. These research projects span across the fields of reaction engineering, surface chemistry, heterogeneous catalysis, plasma and microwave-enhanced catalytic reactions. Specifically, his research group at WVU is focused on microwave catalysis approaches to produce ammonia from renewable power under low pressure and temperature, chemicals and carbon nanomaterials from natural gas.

Before joining West Virginia University, Dr. Hu worked as a research leader at Koch Industries, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and BP Oil. While working in industry, Dr. Hu led efforts in developing technologies for petroleum refineries and future biorefineries using biomass as a feedstock. The efforts had led to a number of acquisitions that facilitated technology commercialization. He has been granted 31 U.S. patents and published more than 150 journal articles, conference proceedings, technical reports and book chapters. Dr. Hu has been serving as an editor and a guest-editor for a number of peer-reviewed technical journals and a book. He has been serving in a number of industrial advisory boards including AIChE RAPID focus area lead. He has been chairing for "Advanced Fossil Energy Utilization" in AIChE national meetings.

At Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Dr. Hu was among the key contributors in developing microchannel catalytic reactor technology which led to NASA Technology Brief Awards. Dr. Hu received his B.S. in Chemistry and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Tsinghua University, China and did his postdoctoral training at University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA.


Dushyant Shekhawat

Dr. Dushyant Shekhawat is serving as a team supervisor for Reaction Engineering team at National Energy Technology (NETL), U.S. Department of Energy, Morgantown, USA. Dr. Shekhawat’s research interests include: fuel processing for fuel cell applications, reaction engineering, surface chemistry, heterogeneous catalysis, energy, fuel cell, plasma and microwave-assisted catalytic reactions, and plasma chemistry. Currently, his team at NETL is leading efforts in developing microwave-assisted technologies and approaches to produce value-added fuels and chemicals from natural gas, higher hydrocarbon fuels, and coal. Dr. Shekhawat was among the key contributors to pyrochlore-based reforming catalyst, which was licensed to a spin-off company, Pyrochem Catalyst Company. He is a co-recipient of the Federal Laboratory Consortium 2011 Mid-Atlantic Regional Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer "Novel Pyrochlore Catalysts for Hydrocarbon Reforming". He has published over 200 peer-reviewed journal publications, conference proceedings, and reports, seven book chapters, three books, and 15 patents (disclosed or full). Dr. Shekhawat has been serving as an associate editor of Catalysis book series published by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Dr. Shekhawat has also served as a guest-editor for the special issues (sections) of Catalysis Today, Fuel, Energy & Fuels, and International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. He has been serving as a program chair for a topical & "Advanced Fossil Energy Utilization" in AIChE national meetings for last thirteen years. Under the same topical, he has organized multiple sessions of fuel processing for hydrogen production and value-added chemicals from natural gas. He is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in West Virginia and also serves in the NCEES’s PE Chemical Engineering Examination Development committee. Dr. Shekhawat received his BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in Twin Cities and his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Michigan State University in East Lansing.