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Välimäki, E.; Yli-Varo, L.; Romar, H.; Lassi, U. Carbons Formed in Methane Thermal and Thermocatalytic Decomposition Processes: Properties and Applications. C 2021, 7, 50.

Carbons formed in methane thermal and thermocatalytic decomposition processes : properties and applications

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Author: Välimäki, Emmi1; Yli-Varo, Lasse1; Romar, Henrik2;
Organizations: 1Research Unit of Sustainable Chemistry, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 4300, FI-90014 Oulu, Finland
2Hycamite TCD Technologies Ltd., FI-67100 Kokkola, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-07-01


The hydrogen economy will play a key role in future energy systems. Several thermal and catalytic methods for hydrogen production have been presented. In this review, methane thermocatalytic and thermal decomposition into hydrogen gas and solid carbon are considered. These processes, known as the thermal decomposition of methane (TDM) and thermocatalytic decomposition (TCD) of methane, respectively, appear to have the greatest potential for hydrogen production. In particular, the focus is on the different types and properties of carbons formed during the decomposition processes. The applications for carbons are also investigated.

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Series: C. Journal of carbon research
ISSN: 2311-5629
ISSN-E: 2311-5629
ISSN-L: 2311-5629
Volume: 7
Issue: 3
Article number: 50
DOI: 10.3390/c7030050
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 116 Chemical sciences
Funding: This research was funded by the Fortum and Neste Foundation, grant number 20200148.
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