CO2 Hydrogenation to Methanol with Ga- and Zn-Doped Mesoporous Cu/SiO2 Catalysts Prepared by the Aerosol-Assisted Sol-Gel Process

Paris, Charlie; Karelovic, Alejandro; Manrique, Raydel; Le Bras, Solene; Devred, Francois; Vykoukal, Vit; Styskalik, Ales; Eloy, Pierre; Debecker, Damien P.


The preparation of copper-based heterogeneous catalysts dedicated to the hydrogenation of CO(2)to methanol typically relies on multi-step procedures carried out in batch. These steps are precisely tailored to introduce the active phase (Cu) and the promoters (e. g., zinc, gallium) onto a preformed support to maximize catalyst performance. However, each process step can be associated with the formation of waste and with the consumption of energy, thereby negatively impacting the environmental performance of the overall catalyst preparation procedure. Here, a direct and continuous production process is proposed for the synthesis of efficient catalysts for the CO2-to-methanol reaction. Gallium- and zinc-promoted mesoporous Cu-SiO(2)catalysts were prepared in one step by the aerosol-assisted sol-gel process. The catalysts consisted of spherical microparticles and featured high specific surface area and pore volume, with interconnected pores of about 6 nm. A strong promoting effect of Ga and Zn was highlighted, boosting the selectivity for methanol at the expense of CO. Upon calcination, it was shown that Cu species (initially trapped in the silica matrix) underwent a migration towards the catalyst surface and a progressive sintering. After optimization, the catalysts obtained via such direct, continuous, simple, and scalable route could compete with the best catalysts reported in the literature and obtained via multi-step approaches.

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Título según WOS: ID WOS:000577759300001 Not found in local WOS DB
Título de la Revista: CHEMSUSCHEM
Volumen: 13
Número: 23
Fecha de publicación: 2020
Página de inicio: 6409
Página final: 6417


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