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Acta Phys. Chim. Sin.  2013, Vol. 29 Issue (09): 2047-2055    DOI: 10.3866/PKU.WHXB201306211
Effect of Surface Promoters-Modifying on Catalytic Performance of Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 Methanol Synthesis Catalyst
HAO Ai-Xiang, YU Yang, CHEN Hai-Bo, MAO Chun-Peng, WEI Shi-Xin, YIN Yu-Sheng
Research Institute of Nanjing Chemical Industry Group, Nanjing 210048, P. R. China
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Surface promoters-modified Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 (CZA) catalysts were prepared by a coprecipitationpost impregnation method and evaluated in methanol synthesis fromsyngas. The effects of Zr, Ba, and Mn as promoters, the reaction temperature and run time over CZA and Zr-promoted CZA catalysts on catalytic performance were investigated, respectively. The catalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), N2-sorption, reactive N2O sorption, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), temperature-programmed desorption of H2 (H2-TPD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and high-resolution transmittance electron microscopy (HR-TEM). The results showed that the space-time yield (STY) of methanol can be increased noticeably over the Zr-or Ba-promoted CZA catalyst before and after the heating treatment of the catalysts. The introduction of Mn as a promoter onto the CZA catalyst led to a decrease in the STY of methanol before heating treatment. The introduction of Zr as a promoter onto the CZA catalyst can decrease the temperature at which the STY of methanol reached the highest value and also improve the catalytic stability. A hydrogen molecule can be adsorbed and then activated over Cu0 and ZnO. The strong interaction between Cu0 and ZnO is favorable for improving the catalytic performance of the CZA catalyst. The decrease in catalytic performance after heating treatment of the CZA catalysts is attributed to a growth of Cu0 crystallites. Based on the results of catalytic performance and characterization, a possible "bidirectional but synchronous catalytic reaction course" in methanol synthesis from syngas over a CZA catalyst is proposed.

Key wordsPromoter      Zirconium      Barium      Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 catalyst      Methanol synthesis      Reaction course     
Received: 08 April 2013      Published: 21 June 2013
MSC2000:  O643  

The project was supported by the China Petroleum& Chemical Corporation on the Manufacture of Catalyst for Methanol Synthesis from Coal-derived Syngas (HX-KA12F001202).

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HAO Ai-Xiang, YU Yang, CHEN Hai-Bo, MAO Chun-Peng, WEI Shi-Xin, YIN Yu-Sheng. Effect of Surface Promoters-Modifying on Catalytic Performance of Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 Methanol Synthesis Catalyst. Acta Phys. Chim. Sin., 2013, 29(09): 2047-2055.

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