(264j) Combustion Synthesized Nickel-Cobalt Catalyst Deactivation By Coking during Ethanol Decomposition Reaction

Ashok, A., Qatar University
Kumar, A., Qatar University
Tarlochan, F., Qatar University

synthesized nickel-cobalt catalyst deactivation by coking during ethanol
decomposition reaction

Anchu Ashoka, Anand
Kumarb, Faris Tarlochana

of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

of Chemical Engineering

of Engineering, Qatar University, P O Box – 2713, Doha, Qatar

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Email: akumar@qu.edu.qa

In this work, we
report the catalytic dehydrogenation of ethanol over porous cobalt oxide and nickel-cobalt
bimetal oxide (NiCoO2). Catalyst deactivation and the nature of carbon
formation on these two catalysts are studied in detail to correlate the active phase
with carbon formation. In-situ FTIR analysis was conducted between 50°C to
400°C on Co3O4 and NiCoO2 catalysts to
understand the reaction mechanism and product selectivity. Addition of Ni
improves the activity for ethanol decomposition by achieving complete ethanol conversion
at 350°C as compared to 420°C for cobalt alone. The crystallinity, morphology
and particle analysis of the spent catalyst after reaction was identified using
XRD, SEM and TEM respectively. The XRD shows a phase change of porous NiCoO2
to NiCo alloy, whereas SEM indicates the presence of fibrous structure on the
surface with 91.7 % of carbon while keeping 1:1 ratio of Ni and Co after the
reaction. The detailed analysis of carbon structure using HRTEM-STEM (Fig. 1)
shows simultaneous growth of carbon nanofibers (CNFs) and multiwalled carbon
nanotubes (MWCNTs) that were favored by larger and smaller crystallites
respectively. Detailed mechanism of the filament formation is also proposed to
be discussed in the conference.


Figure 1: TEM image of carbonaceous deposit
over the catalyst after ethanol decomposition reaction


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