Catalytic performance of Ni-Fe/Al2O3 catalysts with the optimum composition was much higher than corresponding monometallic Ni and Fe catalysts in the steam reforming of tar from the pyrolysis of cedar wood. According to the catalyst characterization, the Ni-Fe alloys were formed and the Fe atoms on the alloys tend to be enriched on the surface, and it was suggested that the structure was maintained mainly during the reaction. The surface Fe atoms supply oxygen species, enhancing the reaction of tar and suppressing the coke formation. Excess Fe addition decreased the catalytic activity by decreasing the surface Ni atoms.
- Steam reforming
- Synthesis gas
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Process Chemistry and Technology