Co-Synthesis of Hydrogen and High-Value Carbon Products from Methane Pyrolysis

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Stanford, California
Project Term:
04/13/2020 - 09/30/2024

Technology Description:

Stanford University will design a process for catalytic pyrolysis of methane into high-value carbon nanotubes and hydrogen (H2) at the low cost of $1/kg, without any carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. This project will synthesize high-performance, nano-controlled pyrolysis catalysts with structural features that enable efficient catalyst regeneration and separation of solid crystalline carbon. The carbon nanotubes can be used in a wide range of applications from batteries to carbon-fiber composites. Low-cost, CO2-free hydrogen can be used to decarbonize multiple large industries such as refinery and petrochemicals, ammonia production, steel, concrete, and transportation.


ARPA-E Program Director:
Dr. Jack Lewnard
Project Contact:
Matteo Cargnello
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