Ni3Al intermetallics catalyst for hydrogen production from methanol

Ya Xu, Satoshi Kameoka, Masahiko Demura, An Pang Tsai, Toshiyuki Hirano

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The catalytic activity and stability of single-phase Ni3Al powder for hydrogen production from methanol were studied at 633-793 K by isochronal and isothermal tests. The alkali-leached Ni3Al powder exhibited much higher catalytic activity and selectivity for the methanol decomposition than Raney Ni catalyst above 633 K. The hydrogen production rate increased with increasing temperature, and reached a peak near 713 K. During the isothermal test, the selectivities for the production of H2 and CO increased with reaction time and then stabilized at high level which was above 94% at 673 K, 93% at 713 K, 79% at 793 K, respectively. On the other hand, the selectivity for the production of CH4 decreased with reaction time during the initial period and then stabilized at low level, i.e. the formation of methane was suppressed significantly with the progress of reaction. This is an abstract of a paper presented at the AIChE Annual Meeting (San Francisco, CA 11/12-17/2006).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2006 AIChE Annual Meeting
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Dec 1
Event2006 AIChE Annual Meeting - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: 2006 Nov 122006 Nov 17

Publication series

NameAIChE Annual Meeting, Conference Proceedings


Other2006 AIChE Annual Meeting
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Bioengineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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