(98ak) Microfluidic Synthesis of Methane (sI) and Propane (sII) Hydrates Conference: AIChE Annual MeetingYear: 2013Proceeding: 2013 AIChE Annual MeetingGroup: Engineering Sciences and FundamentalsSession: Poster Session: Fluid Mechanics (Area 1j) Time: Monday, November 4, 2013 - 11:00am-12:30pm Authors: Flowers, B., University of Alabama Hartman, R. L., The University of Alabama Clathrate gas hydrates have long fascinated researchers and have been the focus of muchin depth study over the past fifty years. Gas hydrates impact societal problems related toconventional and non-conventional energy production and storage in addition to global climatechange. Most laboratory studies on hydrate formation and agglomeration phenomena have beencarried out in high-pressure batch reactors. Thermal resistances and mass transport limitationsintroduce challenges when hydrate formation and dissociation rates are of similar time scales.However, the study of clathrate hydrates in microscale laminar flow offers that opportunityto add new knowledge on hydrate science. Our high-pressure microfluidic synthesis anddissociation of methane (sI) and propane (sII) hydrates, on demand and in a matter of minutes,shows the potential to bridge the knowledge gap between the laboratory study of hydrates andthe production systems that encounter them. In the present work, we will elucidate the rationalbehind the high-pressure microfluidic synthesis of hydrates and the recent advances we havemade in the field.