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Journal of Fuels
Volume 2014, Article ID 286392, 5 pages
Research Article

Effect of Coexistent Hydrogen on the Selective Production of Ethane by Dehydrogenative Methane Coupling through Dielectric-Barrier Discharge under Ordinary Pressure at an Ambient Temperature

1Department of Life and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Engineering, Chiba Institute of Technology, Narashino 2-17-1, Chiba, Japan
2Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd., Development Division Drive Control Systems Division 6-3, 1 Chome, Fujimi, Kanagawa, Japan

Received 14 June 2013; Accepted 25 September 2013; Published 1 January 2014

Academic Editors: S. Kambara, D. H. Lee, and O. Senneca

Copyright © 2014 Katsuya Konno et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The effect of coexistence of hydrogen on the product selectivity to ethane from methane by dielectric-barrier discharge (DBD) reactor was examined experimentally under ordinary pressure without use of catalyst and external heating. By the dilution of methane with hydrogen, both the increase of methane conversion and the decrease of alkene production were observed, improving the selectivities to ethane by ca. 70%.