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Modifications in the Composition of CuO/ZnO/Al2O3 Catalyst for the Synthesis of Methanol by CO2 Hydrogenation


Renewable methanol, obtained from CO2 and hydrogen provided from renewable energy, was proposed to close the CO2 loop. In industry, methanol synthesis using the catalyst CuO/ZnO/Al2O3 occurs at a high pressure. We intend to make certain modification on the traditional catalyst to work at lower pressure, maintaining high selectivity. Therefore, three heterogeneous catalysts were synthesized by coprecipitation to improve the activity and the selectivity to methanol under mild conditions of temperature and pressure. Certain modifications on the traditional catalyst Cu/Zn/Al2O3 were employed such as the modification of the synthesis time and the addition of Pd as a dopant agent. The most efficient catalyst among those tested was a palladium-doped catalyst, 5% Pd/Cu/Zn/Al2O3. This had a selectivity of 64% at 210 °C and 5 bar.

Funding source: Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades: CTQ2016-76533-R and PID2019-106196RB-I00.
Countries: Spain ; United Kingdom

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