Preparation of Different Nickel–Iron/Titania–Alumina Catalysts for Hydrogen/Carbon Monoxide Methanation under Atmospheric Pressure

Chongbo Cheng, Chunfei Wu, Dekui Shen*

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Abstract

Bimetallic Ni–Fe/TiO2–Al2O3 catalysts were prepared by using the titania–alumina composite as a support, which was synthesized through three different methods (precipitation, co-precipitation, and sol–gel). The synthesized catalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction, temperature-programmed reduction, and transmission electron microscopy. The catalytic performance of the catalysts for the methanation of syngas was studied under atmospheric pressure. Ni and Fe species were found to be highly dispersed on the TiO2–Al2O3 composite prepared by the sol–gel method, which led to good catalytic performance for CO conversion (≈96.7 %) and methane selectivity (≈94.7 %) at lower temperatures. In addition, less amorphous carbon was deposited on the used Ni–Fe/TiO2–Al2O3 catalyst prepared by the sol–gel method. This was ascribed to the evidenced core-in-shell structures (TiO2 shell with Al2O3 core) of the TiO2–Al2O3 composite prepared by the sol–gel method, which led to prominent stability of the catalyst (≈30 h). The results give an applicable guide for the highly efficient methanation of syngas under atmospheric pressure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1218-1227
JournalEnergy Technology
Volume5
Issue number8
Early online date03 Mar 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Aug 2017

Keywords

  • composite materials
  • iron
  • methanation
  • nickel
  • sol–gel processes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy(all)

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