Preparation and Activity of Copper-Gallium Nanocomposite Catalysts for Carbon Dioxide Hydrogenation to Methanol

Amol M. Hengne, Ding-Jier Yuan, Nandan S. Date, Youssef Saih, Sanjay P. Kamble, Chandrashekhar V. Rode, Kuo-Wei Huang

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Copper (Cu) nanocomposite catalysts with gallium (Ga) and aluminum (Al) were prepared using the simultaneous co-precipitation digestion method. The catalysts were characterized by N2 adsorption, N2O titration, XRD (X-ray diffraction), H2-TPR (H2 temperature-programmed reduction), XPS (X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy), and CO2-TPD (CO2 temperature-programmed desorption) techniques, and CO2 hydrogenation to methanol synthesis was performed. The use of Ga in Cu catalysts enhanced the weak basic sites more than the Cu catalysts with Al. With the CuGa nanocomposite formation, the catalyst showed a sequential reduction of CuO, for example, Cu+2 to Cu+ to Cu0, and the Cu surface area was also high in comparison with CuAl. These findings confirmed that both the Cu surface area and CuO reducibility in the catalyst helped to boost the conversion of CO2, whereas selectivity to methanol was associated with the basicity of the catalyst. CuAl catalysts showed very poor selectivity to methanol despite CO formation, which could be due to the weak interaction of the CuAl nanocomposite catalysts compared to the CuGa nanocomposite catalysts.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21331-21340
Number of pages10
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Issue number47
StatePublished - Oct 22 2019

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: The research reported in this publication was supported by funding from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and a SABIC Chair Professorship to K.-W.H.


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