(669b) Effect of Silver and Manganese Promoters on Performance of Cobalt Fischer-Tropsch Catalysts

Authors: 
Rahmati, M., Brigham young university
Hecker, W., Brigham Young University
Argyle, M. D., Brigham Young University
Keyvanloo, K., Brigham Young University

Effect of Silver and Manganese Promoters on Performance of Cobalt Fischer-Tropsch Catalysts

Fischer-Tropsch (FT) Synthesis (FTS) based fuels have no sulfur content, high cetane number and fewer aromatic compounds in comparison to common petroleum-derived fuels. These unique characteristics make FTS the best choice for providing the future need of hydrocarbon fuels. Supported cobalt is a commercial catalyst for FTS. Many ongoing research efforts aim to enhance the cobalt FTS catalytic performance. Incorporating different metal oxides as promoters is one promising way to increase the cobalt catalytic characteristics. Noble metals are commonly used as a promoter for FTS catalyst. They enhance the catalytic performance by forming an over layer over Co particles after catalyst activation.1 This layer facilitates the reduction by H2 dissociation and spillover mechanism.2 However, some other metals have been proposed as substitutes for noble metals due to their relatively high cost. Silver is a relatively low-priced metal with comparable reduction promotion effects and even better selectivity compared to Pt.3 Additionally, many researchers have investigated Mn as a possible promoter for the FTS process. Mn enhances the catalyst activity and selectivity, but attenuates the catalyst reducibility.4 However, studies show that incorporation of Pt group noble metals and Mn in combination results in higher selectivity (C5+) without any loss in reducibility,5but using noble metals result in increased catalyst price. This study compares effects of silver, as relatively low-priced metal, with Mn in combination as potential substitutes for Ru and Pt on silica stabilized alumina supported Co FT catalysts.

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