Monometallic iron catalysts with synergistic Na and S for higher alcohols synthesis via CO2 hydrogenation

Ruwei Yao, Jian Wei, Qingjie Ge, Jing Xu, Yu Han, Qingxiang Ma, Hengyong Xu, Jian Sun

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Direct hydrogenation of CO2 to higher alcohols is highly attractive and challenging. Iron catalysts are generally not regarded as ideal candidates, owing to its poor ability for non-dissociative CO activation, and needs to combine with other metals (such as Rh, Pd, Cu) for above process. Herein, we proposed an iron catalyst co-modified with Na and S (FeNaS-0.6), achieving a space-time yield of 80.5 mg gcat−1 h−1 for alcohols, more than 98 % of which corresponds to C2+ alcohols. The synergistic effects of Na and S enable the monometallic iron catalyst to provide matched molecularly adsorbed CO and alkyl species simultaneously required for higher alcohols synthesis. Sulfur existed in the form of sulfate, and its electron-withdrawing effects could transfrom the surrounding Fe sites for CO dissociation to those for non-dissociative CO adsorption. The DFT modeling also confirmed more facile formation of alcohols on the Na and S co-modified iron catalyst.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalApplied Catalysis B: Environmental
StatePublished - Dec 5 2021
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • Catalysis
  • Process Chemistry and Technology


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