Steam reforming of alcohols for hydrogen production

Yong Wang, Cathy Chin, Robert Dagle, Hyun Seog Roh, David L. King, Daniel Palo

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Steam reforming of methanol and ethanol were studied. They both present different challenges. Methanol is clean, easy to activate, and is potentially an excellent fuel for hydrogen production for portable power applications. Conventional CuZnAl catalysts for methanol steam reforming have the disadvantages such as poor thermal stability and pyrophoric nature. Highly active and stable PdZn based catalysts for methanol steam reforming has been developed. Ethanol is renewable feedstock. Reforming of ethanol presents different challenges, particularly in improving hydrogen yield and minimizing catalyst deactivation due to coke formation. A highly active and selective Rh based catalyst is presented for this particular application. This is an abstract of a paper presented at the 230th ACS National Meeting (Washington, DC 8/28/2005-9/1/2005).

Original languageEnglish
JournalACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Event230th ACS National Meeting - Washington, DC, United States
Duration: 2005 Aug 282005 Sept 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering


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