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Microemulsion and incipient wetness prepared Rh-based catalyst for diesel reforming
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK).
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2011 (English)In: Catalysis Today, ISSN 0920-5861, E-ISSN 1873-4308, Vol. 175, no 1, 515-523 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The role of the catalyst preparation technique was investigated for diesel reforming. Reverse microemulsion (ME) and incipient wetness (IW) techniques were used for the preparation of Rh-based monolithic catalysts that were employed for hydrogen generation of low-sulfur diesel via autothermal reforming (ATR). The washcoat of the tested catalysts consisted of 0.5 wt% Rh, 1 wt% Rh, and 1: 1 wt% Rh: Pt supported on gamma-alumina. All washcoats were deposited on 400 cpsi cordierite monoliths. The reaction condition was T(feed) = 650 degrees C, H(2)O/C similar to 2.5, O(2)/C similar to 0.49, TOS = 3 h, GHSV similar to 13 000 h(-1) and P = 1 atm. Fresh and aged powder samples of the catalyst were characterized by N(2)-BET, H(2) chemisorption, XRD, H(2)-TPR, O(2)-TPO and TEM. The activity results established that Rh and RhPt formulations, prepared by ME and IW, are highly active for ATR of diesel where fuel conversions above 92% were obtained. FTIR and NDIR analysis also showed that the highest formation of ethylene was found in the product gas stream from the bimetallic samples indicating that RhPt/Al(2)O(3) is less resistant towards carbon deposition. The latter observation was confirmed by O(2)-TPO analysis of the aged samples where high loads of coke were found both on the active metals and on the support. Interestingly, these effects were less significant on the ME samples. The characterization results clearly showed differences in morphology between the ME and the IW samples. N(2)-BET analysis showed that higher surface area, similar to 268-285 m(2)/g, was obtained with the ME samples. Also, H(2) chemisorption analysis showed that the rhodium dispersion was similar to 10% higher for the ME samples (H/Rh similar to 60-66%). XRD analysis showed that crystalline phases of gamma-alumina were present on all samples. The diffractograms also showed small traces of metallic Pt (similar to 16-30 nm) in the bimetallic samples. H(2)-TPR analysis, showed peaks ascribed to bulk rhodium oxides and rhodium aluminates. It was also noted that the addition of Pt on the support lowered the reducibility of the different rhodium species. TEM analysis performed on the fresh and aged ME and IW bimetallic samples showed mainly Rh(x)Pt(1-x) alloys with an average particle size of similar to 20-50 nm were present on the alumina support. Also, for the aged samples, no sintering effects were noted. Furthermore, rhodium was found to switch oxidation state from e. g. Rh(3+) to Rh(0) while Pt remained in the metallic state.

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2011. Vol. 175, no 1, 515-523 p.
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Autothermal reforming, Diesel, Incipient wetness, Platinum, Reverse microemulsion, Rhodium
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Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-69899DOI: 10.1016/j.cattod.2011.02.042ISI: 000295735400072OAI: diva2:479742
authorCount :5Available from: 2012-01-18 Created: 2012-01-15 Last updated: 2012-01-18Bibliographically approved

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