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Nanosized Pt-containing Al2O3 as an efficient catalyst to avoid coking and sintering in steam reforming of glycerol

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The action of nanosized Pt-containing Al2O3 catalysts to avoid coking and sintering was studied in steam reforming of glycerol. The solids exhibited almost 100% conversion toward syngas produced at a suitable water to glycerol ratio. Depending on the promoter, a drastic drop in hydrogen yield was observed due to coking and sintering effects. Spent catalyst characterizations by Raman, HRTEM, XRD, TG and SEM-EDS as well as textural property techniques showed that coking, rather than sintering, was the main cause that determined the low hydrogen selectivity of nanosized Pt-containing Al2O3 with La2O3 or ZrO2. In contrast, coking did not cover the active sites of Pt-containing Al2O3 with MgO or CeO2. Thus, steam suppressed carbon deposition and improved the nanosized Pt/MgO–Al2O3 catalyst stability in the steam reforming of glycerol.

Graphical abstract: Nanosized Pt-containing Al2O3 as an efficient catalyst to avoid coking and sintering in steam reforming of glycerol

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The article was received on 05 Sep 2014, accepted on 05 Nov 2014 and first published on 07 Nov 2014


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C4RA09895A
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Citation: RSC Adv., 2014,4, 61771-61780
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    Nanosized Pt-containing Al2O3 as an efficient catalyst to avoid coking and sintering in steam reforming of glycerol

    D. C. Carvalho, H. S. A. Souza, J. M. Filho, E. M. Assaf, V. V. Thyssen, A. Campos, E. P. Hernandez, R. Raudel and A. C. Oliveira, RSC Adv., 2014, 4, 61771
    DOI: 10.1039/C4RA09895A

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