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Project 46: Oxidative coupling of methane (OCM)

Suitable Majors

Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering

Research Area

Catalysis, reaction kinetic modeling

Internship Description

​The growing availability of low-cost and domestically sourced natural gas, mainly composed of methane, leads to increased interest in its conversion to more valuable fuels and chemicals. This project needs mostly experimental methods. The Na-based catalyst is employed mainly for this project. Different measurement techniques will be implemented such as mass spectrometer (MS), gas chromatography (GC), and laser-induced fluoresces (LIF). Chemkin will also be used as the simulation software to analyze the reaction kinetics for OCM.


​The student should have an interest/knowledge of catalysis and reaction kinetic modeling.


​The stable products have been measured quantitatively. Our target will be focused on the radicals, which have shorter lifetimes, such as methyl radicals and hydroxyl radicals, in both qualitative and quantitative ways.

Other Comments

​Interns​hip dates: 19 May to 26 July


Physical Sciences and Engineering

Faculty Name

Mani Sarathy