Promoting effect of the alloy formation over Ni-Fe/Al 2O 3 catalysts for the steam reforming of biomass tar to synthesis gas

Lei Wang, Dalin Li, Mitsuru Koike, Yoshinao Nakagawa, Keiichi Tomishige

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The addition of Fe addition with suitable amount to Ni /Al 2O 3 catalyst showed higher catalytic performance than corresponding monometallic Ni and Fe catalysts in the steam reforming of tar from the pyrolysis of cedar wood. Characterization of the catalysts indicates the formation of the Ni-Fe alloys and the surface segregation of Fe atoms on the alloys, and it was also suggested that the structure was almost maintained during the reaction. The surface Fe atoms accept oxygen atom from steam and subsequently supply oxygen species to adsorbed carbonaceous species on neighboring surface Ni atoms, which is connected to the promotion of the steam reforming reaction of tar and the suppression of the coke formation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRenewable Fuels and Nanotechnology
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event2011 MRS Spring Meeting - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: 2011 Apr 252011 Apr 29

Publication series

NameMaterials Research Society Symposium Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0272-9172


Other2011 MRS Spring Meeting
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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