Turkish Journal of Chemistry




Herein, a performance analysis of La-doped copper-based catalysts (CuO/ZrO2/La-Al2O3) in methanol steam reforming (MSR) was conducted and compared with a commercial low temperature water-gas shift catalyst (HiFUEL W220) to produce H2 with low CO selectivity. The physicochemical properties of as-obtained catalysts were characterized by N2 adsorption, XRD, and ICP-OES. Effect of calcination temperature (750 oC and 1000 oC) on the properties of mixed oxide support (La-Al2O3) were discussed based on catalytic activity. The optimum conditions of H23O/CH3OH ratio (1.0-3.0), space-time ratio (WFA0) (40-120 kg s mol-1), and reaction temperature (180-310 oC) were evaluated by a parametric study using the commercial catalyst (HF220). Additionally, thermodynamic equilibrium calculations of experimentally identified components by using Aspen HYSYS process simulation software were also performed to analyze MSR process. The results were indicated that the calcination temperature significantly affected the structural properties and the activity with respect to CO selectivity. An increasing trend in CO selectivity for catalysts with supports calcined at 750 oC and a decreasing trend for catalysts with supports calcined at 1000 oC were observed. Hence, CZ30LA750 and CZ30LA1000 catalysts were selected to attain low CO selectivity and comparable activity when compared to other catalysts and the simulated thermodynamic calculation results.

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