Synthesis of mesoporous Cu–Fe/silicates catalyst for methanol steam reforming

Mei Te Kuo, Yun Ying Chen, Wei Ying Hung, Sheng Feng Lin, Hong Ping Lin, Chun Han Hsu, Hui Ya Shih, Wen An Xie, Shou Nan Li

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In this study, mesoporous Cu–Fe/silicate catalysts were obtained from a simultaneously mixing the NaOH and metal-ion solution to sodium silicate solution and a hydrothermal treatment under alkaline condition without using any organic template. During hydrothermally reaction, the amorphous metal-silicate would reconstruct and formation of the mesostructured Cu–Fe/silicate. At appropriate pH values, the silicate species can strongly bind with the Cu2+ ions to form the stable Cu–Fe/silicate, and the [Cu2+] in the final filtrated solution is lower than the effluent standard in Taiwan (1.0 ppm). To find the appropriate synthetic parameters, the effects of the pH value, metal to silicate ratio, and the hydrothermal treatment time on the surface areas and mesostructure of the resulted Cu–Fe/silicates were discussed in detail. In practice, the mesoporous Cu–Fe/silicate catalyst with high surface area of 547 m2g-1 demonstrated a high methanol conversion within 1 h up to >99% at 180 °C to be used as high-performance catalysts for steam reformer of methanol.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14416-14423
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number28
Publication statusPublished - 2019 May 31

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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