Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, Vol.97, No.1, 140-151, 2019
Development and characterization of novel combinations of Ce-Ni-MFI solids for water gas shift reaction
In this work, novel catalysts with different low percentages of nickel and cerium (0-3 % g/g) inside a crystalline silica framework were prepared to be tested in catalytic water gas shift reaction (WGSR) at low temperatures. The developed preparation method is distinctive as it does not require the impregnation of metals, drying, and further calcinations steps, and produces the anticipated catalysts in an efficient way. The produced solids were characterized using various characterization methods including XRD, TPR-TPO, TPD, SEM/EDX, and N-2 physisorption. Results indicated that these solids benefit from good reproducibility and ease of mass production. WGSR experiments over the produced solids at 503 K showed that Ce-MFI solids were inactive at this temperature; however, Ni-MFI and Ce-Ni-MFI solids catalyzed the reaction. At this low temperature, the catalysts containing cerium presented higher activity compared to catalysts with only nickel content. Furthermore, no methane production was observed using these catalysts.