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A process for catalytically generating a hydrogen-rich gas from a hydrocarbon feed. A stream comprising the hydrocarbon feed , water and air is preheated to a temperature sufficiently high to initiate catalytic partial oxidation of the hydrocarbon feed. The preheated stream is then introduced into an autothermal reactor containing a layered catalyst member at a temperature sufficient to initiate and sustain both catalytic partial oxidation and catalytic steam reforming. At least part of the hydrocarbon feed is catalytically partially oxidized to produce a hydrogen-rich gas comprising hydrogen and carbon oxides and hydrocarbons remaining in the feed are steam reformed to produce further quantities of the hydrogen-rich gas. The layered catalyst member comprises a monolith substrate containing at least one layer of a steam reforming catalyst in contact with at least one layer of a catalytic partial oxidation catalyst. The steam reforming catalyst comprises one or more platinum group metal components and the catalytic partial oxidation catalyst comprises palladium components.

Title
Process for generating hydrogen-rich gas
Application Number
9/652710
Publication Number
6436363 (B1)
Application Date
August 31, 2000
Publication Date
August 20, 2002
Inventor
Robert J Farrauto
Princeton
NJ, US
H Shinn Hwang
Livingston
NJ, US
Agent
Richard A Negin
US
Assignee
Engelhard Corporation
NJ, US
IPC
C01B 3/26
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