Syngas Production

Syngas and hydrogen generation from natural gas/ heavy hydrocarbon and catalysis for hydrogen carrier


In extensively petroleum-based community, effective natural gas and petroleum conversion are achieved by advanced heterogeneous catalysts. Our target is to address issues of catalysts for reforming reactions, high temperature radical chemistry, and hydrogen energy carrier associated with hydrogen economy.

Carbon deposition of the catalysts for steam and CO2 (dry) reforming of hydrocarbons still remains as an issue to be solved. Reaction mechanism and site requirements for catalyst surfaces are elucidated using rigorous kinetic analyses including isotope studies.
Highly active and durable catalysts are designed.

Direct methane conversion to chemicals, such as oxidative coupling of methane, is important for the utilization of natural gas. Detailed kinetic studies and design of the surfaces based on the understanding mechanisms are employed. Syngas conversion to useful chemicals is carried out on the solid surfaces modified with metal clusters and single sites (surface organometallic chemistry) based on known reaction mechanism. Biomass and its derivatives are converted over novel mesoporous solid acids and bases, and metal clusters.

Our team and KAUST Catalysis Center are equipped with various in-situ and operando spectrosocpic characterizations. Also together with KAUST core lab facility, multidisciplinary characterization is conducted with various techniques to acquire knowledge in the chemistry.


J. Catal. 2016, ChemComm 2015, ChemCatChem 2014, J. Jpn. Petrol. Inst. 2012,
Catal. Today 2012,
JACS 2011, Fuel Process. Technol. 2011,
Appl. Catal. A 2009, J. Catal. 2010, 2006, 2005, 2004