Understanding the generation of methanol synthesis and water gas shift activity over copper-based catalysts – A spatially resolved experimental kinetic study using steady and non-steady state operation under CO/CO2/H2 feeds


S.K. Wilkinson , L.G.A. van de Water , B. Miller, M.J.H. Simmons, E.H. Stitt , M.J. Watson,

Journal of Catalysis 337 (2016) 208–220

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Understanding the mechanism and generation of activity for methanol synthesis and the water gas shift reactions over copper-based catalysts remains a significant area of study in heterogeneous catalysis. In this work, steady and non-steady state experimental and kinetic modelling methods are presented to demonstrate changes in functionality of a Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 catalyst based on gas composition. The featured article recently appeared in Journal of Catalysis.