A highly active and synergistic Pt/Mo2C/Al2O3 catalyst for water-gas shift reaction

Ahmed I. Osman*, Jehad K. Abu-Dahrieh, Nikolay Cherkasov, Javier Fernandez-Garcia, David Walker, Richard I. Walton, David W. Rooney, Evgeny Rebrov

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Catalysts consisting of Pt and Cu supported on Mo2C/η-Al2O3, Mo2C/γ-Al2O3 or Mo2C were prepared and used for the low-temperature water gas shift reaction (WGSR). The catalysts were characterized by elemental analysis, powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), temperature-programmed reduction (TPR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The catalysts were studied in water gas shift reaction with a reaction mixture containing 11% CO, 43% H2, 6% CO2, 21% H2O (real feed composition mixture from the reformer) and balance He, with a reaction temperature range of 180–300 °C at a space velocity (SV) of 125,000 h−1. Catalyst supports (η-Al2O3 and γ-Al2O3), led to different synergetic effect between the two most active phases of Pt metal and Mo2C. Pt/Mo2C/η-Al2O3 is a promising catalyst (44% conversion at 180 °C) due to the close interaction between Pt and Mo2C phases on the surface of the catalyst. The 4 wt% Pt-Mo2C showed the highest activity where the temperature at which 50% conversion observed was at only 180 °C with SV of 125,000 h−1 and constant stability over 85 h.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-47
JournalMolecular Catalysis
Early online date29 May 2018
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2018

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