Deactivation of CuO/ZnO and CuO/ZrO2 catalysts for oxidative methanol reforming

E. D. Schrum, T. L. Reitz, H. H. Kung*

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The activity for oxidative methanol reforming (OMR) as a function of time-on-stream was determined for CuO catalysts supported on ZnO or ZrO2. The ZnO-supported samples deactivated more quickly than the ZrO2-supported samples during 18 hour reactions at 225 °C. X-ray diffraction characterization showed that copper oxide particle size increases during the reaction, which implied that loss of CuO surface area is a cause of deactivation. The data suggested that the increase in CuO particle size was accompanied by sintering of the support, which was facilitated by the presence of water vapor at elevated temperatures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationStudies in Surface Science and Catalysis
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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