Indium Oxide as a Superior Catalyst for Methanol Synthesis by CO2Hydrogenation


O. Martin, A.J. Martín, C. Mondelli, S. Mitchell, T.F. Segawa, R. Hauert, C. Drouilly, D. Curulla-Ferré and J. Pérez-Ramírez

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 6261-6265, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201603172

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 In their Communication Prof J. Pérez-Ramírez and co-workers demonstrate that the synergistic interaction of In2O3 and a ZrO2 carrier leads to a highly stable material that provides methanol in high space time yields and with almost 100 % selectivity. Surface oxygen vacancies in indium oxide drive the selective hydrogenation of CO2 to methanol. Strong electronic interactions between this active phase and the ZrO2 carrier and further vacancy formation by CO co-feeding lead to excellent catalytic activity. The full paper (cover picture) is available at DOI: 10.1002/anie.201603172