Correlating ultrasonic impulse and addition of ZnO promoter with CO2 conversion and methanol selectivity of CuO/ZrO2 catalysts

Ezeh, Collins I. and Yang, Xiaogang and He, Jun and Snape, Colin and Cheng, Xiao Min (2018) Correlating ultrasonic impulse and addition of ZnO promoter with CO2 conversion and methanol selectivity of CuO/ZrO2 catalysts. Ultrasonics Sonochemistry, 42 . pp. 48-56. ISSN 1873-2828

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Abstract

The thermal characteristics of Cu-based catalysts for CO2 utilization towards the synthesis of methanol were analysed and discussed in this study. The preparation process were varied by adopting ultrasonic irradiation at various impulses for the co-precipitation route and also, by introducing ZnO promoters using the solid-state reaction route. Prepared catalysts were characterised using XRD, TPR, TPD, SEM, BET and TG-DTA-DSC. In addition, the CO2 conversion and CH3OH selectivity of these samples were assessed. Calcination of the catalysts facilitated the interaction of the Cu catalyst with the respective support bolstering the thermal stability of the catalysts. The characterisation analysis clearly reveals that the thermal performance of the catalysts was directly related to the sonication impulse and heating rate. Surface morphology and chemistry was enhanced with the aid of sonication and introduction of promoters. However, the impact of the promoter outweighs that of the sonication process. CO2 conversion and methanol selectivity showed a significant improvement with a 270% increase in methanol yield.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Carbon dioxide; Thermal stability; Hydrogenation; Catalysts; Methanol synthesis
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham Ningbo China > Faculty of Science and Engineering > Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
University of Nottingham Ningbo China > Faculty of Science and Engineering > Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering
University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Engineering > Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ultsonch.2017.11.013
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Depositing User: Yu, Tiffany
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2018 15:07
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2019 04:30
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/55548

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