International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol.39, No.16, 8712-8719, 2014
Co catalysts modified by rare earths (La, Ce or Pr) for hydrogen production from ethanol
Co/MgAl2O4 catalysts modified with La, Pr or Ce were prepared, characterized by different techniques and tested in ethanol steam reforming reaction to produce hydrogen. The catalytic behavior at 650 degrees C depended on the nature of rare earth. The amount of carbon on promoted catalysts was significantly lower than that on unpromoted one. The Pr and La containing catalysts produced a high acetaldehyde selectivity which decreased the hydrogen production. The superior performance of the catalyst promoted with 7.8% Ce could be partially explained by a higher dispersion and a high reduction of Co species. Copyright (C) 2013, Hydrogen Energy Publications, LLC. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.