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Effects of Zn and Mn Promotion in Fe-Based Catalysts Used for COx Hydrogenation to Long-Chain Hydrocarbons

Effects of Zn and Mn Promotion in Fe-Based Catalysts Used for COx Hydrogenation to Long-Chain Hydrocarbons
Paolo Deiana, Luca Lietti, Claudia Bassano, Pio Forzatti, Carlo Giorgio Visconti, Michela Martinelli, Leonardo Falbo
The promoting effect of Mn and Zn on the performance of Fe-based catalysts has been comparatively investigated in the COx hydrogenation to heavy hydrocarbons in the presence of H2-deficient streams. To this scope, two catalysts have been prepared by coprecipitation, followed by impregnation with Cu and K, and tested at 220 °C and 30 barg after an activation treatment with syngas. Both catalysts have been found to be active and selective to long-chain hydrocarbons in the presence of either H2/CO or H2/CO2 mixtures. Despite lower catalyst reducibility, the presence of Zn has resulted in higher COx conversion rates. Furthermore, the Zn-promoted catalyst converted COx into heavier and less-saturated hydrocarbons. These results are consistent with a role of Zn in promoting the catalyst basicity, which is a key property to keep low the superficial H/C ratio and to slow chain termination reactions as well as secondary olefin hydrogenations.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.iecr.7b01494

DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.7b01494

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