Highly active quasicrystalline Al-Cu-Fe catalyst for steam reforming of methanol

A. P. Tsai, M. Yoshimura

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Steam reforming of methanol (CH3OH+H2O→3H2+CO2) has been performed on a stable AlCuFe quasicrystal for the first time. The AlCuFe quasicrystal reveals excellent activity, after leaching treatment. The production rate of H2 reaches 235 l/kg min at 573 K for steam reforming of methanol. The activity is due to Cu nanoparticles at the surfaces of quasicrystalline grains which are generated by the leaching treatment. The quasicrystals have two advantages: one is their brittle nature, which allows them to be crushed efficiently; the other is the involvement of Fe, which suppresses the sintering of Cu particles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-241
Number of pages5
JournalApplied Catalysis A: General
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Jun 29
Externally publishedYes


  • Aluminum-copper-iron
  • Leaching
  • Quasicrystal
  • Steam reforming of methanol

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Process Chemistry and Technology


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