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A study of cobalt supported on silica nanosprings; a Fischer-Tropsch catalyst.

Catalytic performances of cobalt supported on silica nanosprings (Co/SiO2-NS) were evaluated and compared with conventional silica gel supported cobalt (Co/SiO2-gel) catalysts in the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis (FTS) of syngas to higher alkanes. Co/SiO2-gel catalysts were prepared by incipient wetness impregnation. To obtain Co/SiO2-NS catalysts, NS were first grown via a vapor-liquid-solid mechanism and subsequently decorated with Co nanoparticles using a thermal assisted reduction process. Both catalysts were characterized by means of Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) measurements, temperature programmed reduction (TPR), scanning and transmission electron microscopes (SEM, TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). FTS performances were tested in a fixed-bed microreactor at 2300C and atmospheric pressure. The results showed that both catalysts have similar selectivity to C5+ hydrocarbons. Co/SiO2-NS, which had 75 times less Co content than the sol-gel catalyst, showed higher CO conversion rate of syngas to higher order alkanes.

Blaise-Alexis Fouetio Kengne and David N. McIlroy

Department of Physics, University of Idaho

Guanqun Luo and Armando McDonald

Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences, University of Idaho

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Author:Kengne, Blaise-Alexis Fouetio; McIlroy, David N.; Luo, Guanqun; McDonald, Armando
Publication:Journal of the Idaho Academy of Science
Article Type:Author abstract
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 1, 2013
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