(422a) Intensifying Natural Gas Upgrading: Integrated Reactor Concepts for Syngas Production
This presentation will discuss examples of process intensification principles applied to natural gas conversion, drawing on work from our own laboratory and others. A particular focus will be on the use of multifunctional reactor concepts, ranging from heat-integrated reactors to chemical looping. I will argue that multiÂfunctionality is at the heart of PI, marking a significant departure from the âunit operationsâ approach that has defined chemical engineering since its inception in the early 20th century. Systematic application of PI can drastically increase efficiency, process safety, and reduce the overall footprint of next-generation natural gas conversion processes.