Methane steam reforming with a novel catalytic nickel membrane for effective hydrogen production

Shin Kun Ryi, Jong Soo Park, Dong Kook Kim, Tae Hwan Kim, Sung Hyun Kim

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This paper describes a study of methane steam reforming using a novel catalytic nickel membrane for hydrogen production. The catalytic nickel membrane was made by the uniaxial-pressing and thermal treatment of nickel powder. Since the nickel powder had catalytic activity, it was unnecessary to deposit an additional reforming catalyst on the nickel filter. The methane conversion, reformate composition, and hydrogen production rate were investigated at very high gas hourly space velocities of 22,350-100,700 h-1 with a steam to carbon ratio of 3.0. When a mixture of methane and water was introduced into the catalytic nickel filter, the experimental trends exceeded the theoretical equilibrium model, because of the difference in the permeation rates of the gases, even with residence times of only ∼0.036 s.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-194
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Membrane Science
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Sept 1


  • Fuel processor
  • Hydrogen
  • Membrane
  • Methane
  • Steam reforming

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Filtration and Separation


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