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Low-Pressure Methanol Production from CO2 Using Catalysts

UW ID: 17-002

Description of Technology

          Increased atmospheric carbon dioxide levels have motivated research on CO2 capture and how it can be used for beneficial purposes. Methanol (MeOH) is an organic compound used in alternative fuels and is in high demand globally. In the past, methanol has been synthesized from CO2 directly and indirectly through a CO conversion process by using a reverse water-gas shift reaction, but this is usually optimized for high-pressure conditions using CO2 and CO. There has been a need for an alternative catalyst to provide a more effective way to use CO2.

          Researchers at the University of Wyoming have developed a methanol synthesis catalyst that is designed to effectively utilize CO2 for methanol synthesis at a low pressure with high stability and selectivity, without requiring precious metals. The new composite catalysts contain nickel and indium as co-catalysts and are synthesized via a phyllosilicate precursor. The metals used in this process have advantages in both their catalytic and structural attributes.


          Methanol is used in many applications including being used as a precursor to other chemicals as well as an ability to be used as a fuel. With this University of Wyoming technology, the creation of methanol becomes much easier and creates a use for the greenhouse gas CO2 as well. The low-pressure aspect of this method also makes it a safer way to produce methanol so production in easier to start up. This technology could be applied by any company wanting to find a greener and safer way to produce methanol or by a company just starting up and wanting to find the best way to create methanol.

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Fan, Maohong

Richard, Anthony

Patent Status:  

Patent Pending

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Dept. 3672

1000 E. University Ave. 

Laramie, WY 


Phone: 307-766-2520

Fax: 307-766-2530

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Dept. 3672

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2520

Fax: (307) 766-2530


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