Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis over Unpromoted Co/ɣ-Al2O3 Catalyst: Effect of Activation with CO Compared to H2 on Catalyst Performance

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Submitted: 09-04-2018
Published: 15-04-2019
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The effect of activating Co/Al2O3 catalyst by diluted CO or H2 on catalyst performance for Fischer-Tropsch reaction was investigated. The catalyst was prepared by incipient wetness impregnation of the support and characterized using BET N2 physisorption, SEM, and XRD analyses. The reduction behavior of the catalyst in presence of CO and H2 individually was evaluated using TPR analyses. The data reveal that CO activates Co/Al2O3 catalyst at a lower temperature than H2 and produces a catalyst with higher rate for liquid product formation. It also leads to higher methane selectivity probably due to some cobalt carbide formation. Copyright © 2019 BCREC Group. All rights reserved

Received: 9th April 2018; Revised: 21st August 2018; Accepted: 27th August 2018; Available online: 25th January 2019; Published regularly: April 2019

How to Cite: Khangale, P.R., Meijboom, R., Jalama, K. (2019). Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis over Unpromoted Co/ɣ-Al2O3 Catalyst: Effect of Activation with CO Compared to H2 on Catalyst Performance. Bulletin of Chemical Reaction Engineering & Catalysis, 14 (1): 35-41 (doi:10.9767/bcrec.14.1.2519.35-41)




Co/Al2O3 catalyst; Fischer-Tropsch; Activation with CO.

  1. Phathutshedzo Rodney Khangale 
    Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Johannesburg , Doornfontein 2028, South Africa
    Department of Chemical Engineering
  2. Reinout Meijboom 
    Department of Chemistry, University of Johannesburg , P.O. Box 524, Auckland Park 2006, Johannesburg, South Africa
  3. Kalala Jalama 
    Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Johannesburg , Doornfontein 2028, South Africa
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