CoorsTek Creates CoorsTek Membrane Sciences
CoorsTek recently announced the creation of CoorsTek Membrane Sciences, a producer of ion-conducting ceramic membranes used in direct gas-to-chemicals (GTCh) and gas-to-liquids (GTL) conversion applications. The group combines the hydrogen transport membrane (HTM) and oxygen transport membrane (OTM) technologies that CoorsTek, Ceramatec, and Protia (both CoorsTek companies) have been developing over the past two decades and are now commercializing with energy and chemical producers.
“GTL conversion, for example, transforms abundant low-value natural gas into higher value liquids such as gasoline, diesel, and jet fuels,” said Grover Coors, Ph.D., chief scientist of the group. “The conversion process uses active ceramic membranes that either remove some of the hydrogen from natural gas molecules or introduce precise amounts of pure oxygen into the gas to produce synthesis gas (syngas).”
A leader in engineered ceramics, CoorsTek develops and manufactures advanced HTM and OTM ceramic membranes in both planar and tubular configurations used in a growing variety of GTL, GTCh, microreactors, oxygen sensor, molecular separation, solid oxide electrolysis cell (SOEC), and ceramic microchannel heat exchanger (CMHX) applications. “Active ceramic membranes are among the cleanest, most efficient, and scalable ways to perform these conversions,” said Per Christian Vestre, group vice president of CoorsTek Membrane Sciences.