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Webinar: New and innovative methods for the conversion of alkanes to olefins and aromatics

Joint Webinar for three H2020 projects developing new and innovative methods for the conversion of alkanes to olefins and aromatics.


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All that register will receive a link to the webinar by email 1-2 days before the event. The event is free of charge. Deadline for registration is April 8, 2021.

In this webinar, the three Horizon 2020 sister projects C123 – Methane oxidative conversion and hydroformylation to propylene, ZEOCAT-3D – Development of a bifunctional hierarchically structured zeolite-based nano-catalyst using 3D-technology for direct conversion of methane into hydrocarbons via methane dehydroaromatization and BIZEOLCAT – Bifunctional Zeolite based Catalysts and Innovative process for Sustainable Hydrocarbon Transformation will present their research on the common topic of conversion of alkanes to olefins and aromatics.

C123 is validating currently largely available and unexploited methane resources by an efficient and selective transformation into C3 hydrocarbons, particularly aiming at propylene. The breakthrough innovation is that propylene is not produced via the very energy intensive steam cracking process, but rather by the less energy demanding and more selective build-up from methane and carbon dioxide.

The goal of the project ZEOCAT-3D is the development of a new bi-functional structured catalysts, achieving for the first time a tetramodal pore size distribution (micro-, meso1-, meso2-, macro-porous) and high dispersion of metal active sites for the conversion of methane, coming from different sources as natural gas and biogas, into high value chemicals such as aromatics (benzene, naphthalene, among others) via methane dehydroaromatization (MDA).

The BIZEOLCAT project addresses the need for lowering the carbon footprint of refining industry in a sustainable economy approach. It will develop 4 new processes and membrane reactors to convert alkanes (methane, propane and butane) into olefins (propylene, butadiene) and aromatics.

More information about the projects can be found here:


09:00-09:10  Welcome to the webinar

09:10-09:20  C123: Valorizing Methane Resources into C3 Building Blocks (Joris Thybault, Ugent)

09:20-09:30  ZEOCAT-3D: Overview and main goals (Maria Tripiana, IDENER)

09:30-09:40  Introducing BIZEOLCAT (Ana Villacampa, Fundació Eurecat, EUT)

09:40-09:45  Q&A

09:45-10:05  Catalysts for Oxidative Conversion of Methane (Jordan Guillermot, CNRS)

10:05-10:25  ZEOCAT-3D and beyond: 3D printed catalysts for chemical conversion (Vesna Middelkoop, VITO)

10:25-10:45  Membrane reactors for dehydrogenation reactions (Fausto Gallucci, TUE )

10:45-10:55  Q&A

10:55-11:15  Dehydrogenations multi-scale process modelling (Blaž Likozar, National Institute of Chemistry from Slovenia, NIC)

11:15-11:35  Process and techno-economic analysis (Mieke Nieder-Heitmann, PDC)

11:35-11:55  Application of ZEOCAT-3D technology in the biogas industry and beyond (Themistoklis Sfetsas, QLAB)

11:55-12:05  Q&A

12:05-12:15  Summary and closing


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