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The promotional effect of Mn on Fe-based Fischer–Tropsch catalysts for the synthesis of C5+ hydrocarbons

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Abstract

Fe–Mn oxide catalysts with different morphologies were synthesized by a one-pot hydrothermal method and applied to the Fischer–Tropsch synthesis reaction. Unpromoted Fe2O3 presents a spindle-like shape. The increase of the Mn/Fe atomic ratio in the catalysts from 5/100 to 10/100 and then to 20/100 causes the morphology transformation of the Fe–Mn oxides from spindles (FeMn5) to cubes (FeMn10) and then to nanoparticles (FeMn20). Although the Mn has a negative influence on the catalytic stability, the introduction of a Mn promoter in the Fe-based catalysts can effectively suppress the CH4 formation and facilitate the carbon chain growth. The FeMn5 spindle catalyst with a low Mn content exhibits a higher selectivity for C2–C4 short-chain hydrocarbons, while the FeMn10 cube catalyst with a relatively high Mn content displays a much better selectivity for C5+ long-chain hydrocarbons. This demonstrates that the amount of Mn promoter in the synthesized Fe–Mn oxide catalysts has a great influence on the distribution of hydrocarbon products.

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The article was received on 02 Aug 2018, accepted on 16 Oct 2018 and first published on 17 Oct 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8SE00400E
Citation: Sustainable Energy Fuels, 2019, Advance Article
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    The promotional effect of Mn on Fe-based Fischer–Tropsch catalysts for the synthesis of C5+ hydrocarbons

    J. Li, L. Wu, S. Zhang, J. Wen, M. Liu, C. Wang and X. Li, Sustainable Energy Fuels, 2019, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C8SE00400E

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