Rhodium Nanoparticle Size Effects on the CO2 Reforming of Methane and Propane

Mohammed Alabdullah, Mahmoud Ibrahim, Dattatray Sadashiv Dhawale, Jeremy A Bau, Aadesh Harale, Sai Katikaneni, Jorge Gascon

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The CO 2 (dry) reforming of hydrocarbons offers an opportunity to convert greenhouse gases into synthesis gas, which can further transform to various valued products. Here we explore the influence of Rh particle size and support on the reforming of propane and methane. To that end, Rh nanoparticles with controlled sizes varying from 1.6-8.0 nm were synthesized following a polyol reduction method and then dispersed on three different solids: CeZrO 2 , ZrO 2 , and CeO 2 . Catalytic turnover rates along with advanced characterization of fresh and spent catalysts reveal a linear correlation of turnover rates with Rh particle size for both methane and propane reforming. The nature and rate of coke deposition are highly dependent on the support used and its interaction with the metallic phase.
Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Mar 10 2021

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2021-03-30
Acknowledgements: The authors acknowledge Saudi Aramco for financial support. The authors acknowledge Prof. Takanabe, University of Tokyo, for fruitful discussions.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Catalysis


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