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Title: Methanol synthesis catalysts
Author: Waller, David
ISNI:       0000 0004 2670 1622
Awarding Body: University of Bath
Current Institution: University of Bath
Date of Award: 1992
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The commercial synthesis of methanol from C02, CO and H2 is achieved using copper-zinc oxide catalysts based on the low pressure process developed by I. C. I. Copper-zinc oxide based catalysts are generally prepared by the coprecipitation of a hydroxide, hydroxycarbonate or hydroxynitrate precursor followed by calcination and reduction. Ye have investigated how the structure and composition of precursor phases affects the dispersion of CuO and ZnO in the calcined catalysts and Cu in the reduced catalysts. Parameters which control precursor formation, including the method of mixing the reagents, pH, Cu/Zn ratio and the presence or absence of aluminium and precursor ageing were studied. Precursor phases which contain all the catalyst components give rise to highly dispersed copper and zinc oxide after reduction. Zincian-malachite (Cuz-xZnx(OH)2CO3) gives rise to higher copper dispersion than aurichalcite (Cus-xZnx(OH)e(CO3)2) although both contain copper and zinc. This is because the malachite precipitate has a much smaller particle size than aurichalcite which, together with a homogeneous composition hinders growth of CuO and ZnO during calcination giving rise to a high dispersion. The activity of the reduced catalysts towards methanol synthesis and the reverse water-gas shift reaction were determined and the results support the proposal that the active site for these reactions is located on the metallic copper surface.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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