A novel catalyst fabricated from Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystal for steam reforming of methanol

Toyokazu Tanabe, Satoshi Kameoka, An Pang Tsai

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Abstract

The optimum preparation condition of Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystalline (QC) catalyst with excellent catalytic performance for steam reforming of methanol (SRM) has been investigated. The QC alloy is superior to the other crystalline Al-Cu-(Fe) alloys (i.e., beta and theta phase) as a catalyst material because of the brittle nature of QC. The wet milling process (in ethanol) for the QC powders is much better than the dry milling process to obtain fine particles with high surface area. The QC powder prepared by the wet process followed by leaching in Na2CO3 aq. at 323 K exhibited the highest catalytic performance (activity and stability) in the present study. From these findings, it is clear that the QC catalyst with the excellent catalytic performance could be obtained by controlling the initial grain size of the QC powder and the leaching temperature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-157
Number of pages5
JournalCatalysis Today
Volume111
Issue number3-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Feb 15

Keywords

  • Al-Cu-Fe alloy
  • Leaching
  • Methanol steam reforming
  • Na CO
  • Quasicrystal
  • Wet milling process

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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