Dry Reforming of Methane over Rare-Earth Metal Oxide Ni-M-Al (M = Ce, La) Catalysts

Alua Manabayeva*, Päivi Mäki-Arvela, Zuzana Vajglová, Mark Martinez-Klimov, Olha Yevdokimova, Anssi Peuronen, Mika Lastusaari, Teija Tirri, Kaisar Kassymkan, Tolkyn S. Baizhumanova, Manapkhan Zhumabek, Rabiga O. Sarsenova, Zauresh T. Zheksenbaeva, Gulnar N. Kaumenova, Vincenzo Russo, Dmitry Yu Murzin*, Svetlana A. Tungatarova

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Dry reforming of methane (DRM) was investigated using Ni-M oxide catalysts prepared by solution combustion synthesis (SCS) and compared with Ni/α-Al2O3 synthesized by impregnation. According to X-ray diffraction, fresh oxide Ni-La and Ni-Ce catalysts displayed low crystallinity, which was improved after DRM, accompanied by the appearance of metallic Ni. Ni-Ce-Al and Ni-La-Al catalysts formed, respectively, CeAlO3 and LaAlO3 phases during the reaction. For studied catalysts featuring low surface areas ranging from 3 to 12 m2/g, the average metal particle sizes were 12-32 nm according to transmission electron microscopy, with the particles growing larger with time-on-stream (TOS) apart from Ni-α-Al2O3. DRM tests were conducted for different TOSs, demonstrating that the highest CH4 transformation rate was concomitant with the highest deactivation rate during 30 min of time-on-stream. The most stable performance in temperature stability experiments was demonstrated by the Ni-Ce-Al catalyst, for which, similar to other catalysts, the H2/CO ratio remained close to unity. In long-term stability tests, the Ni-Ce-Al catalyst displayed a 3.1-fold higher turnover frequency (TOF) compared with Ni-α-Al2O3, with no significant deactivation. The TOF values were comparable to the literature, highlighting the potential of SCS as an alternative approach for synthesis of DRM catalysts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20588-20607
Number of pages20
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Issue number48
Publication statusPublished - 6 Dec 2023
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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