Liu et al. recently reported their results on coconversion of methane and methanol at 973 K over a typical methane dehydroaromatization (MDA) catalysts, Mo/HZSM-5.1 In this work, the authors claimed that adding a small amount of methanol to a methane feed led to more than two times higher methane conversion, substantially higher xylene and toluene selectivities (i.e., combined ca. 80%, nearly an order of magnitude increase as compared to experiments without methanol), and improved catalyst stability to such an extent that no deactivation was observed during 60 h on stream. If reproducible, this result would be a significant achievement, because formation of coke in the MDA reaction has been considered inevitable hitherto. To support their experimental data, Liu et al. carried out a thermodynamic analysis, whose results were in good agreement with their experimental findings.
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