Development of nano NixMgyO solid solutions with outstanding anti-carbon deposition capability for the steam reforming of methanol

Xiang Luo, Yu Hong, Fuchen Wang, Siqi Hao, Chengheng Pang, Edward Lester, Tao Wu

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In this study, different types of nano NixMgyO solid solutions for the steam reforming of methanol were prepared via three different preparation methods. The solid solutions were characterised systematically by using a suite of characterisation techniques. TEM analysis demonstrated that Ni particles in these solid solutions were in nano-scale with an average size of 9.6–12 nm. The catalytic performance of these catalysts was evaluated using a fixed-bed reactor operated under atmospheric pressure at four different temperatures, i.e., 400, 500, 600 and 700 °C, and at two steam-to-carbon ratios (S/C), i.e., S/C = 1 and 3. Results showed that the nano NixMgyO material (NixMgyO-hydro), which was prepared using a hydrothermal method, achieved the highest methanol conversion efficiency of 97.4% and hydrogen yield of 58.5% under a S/C ratio of 3. The evaluation on carbon deposition resistance showed that nano NixMgyO-hydro had no detectable carbon deposited under a S/C ratio of 3. In addition, physical and chemical properties of these catalysts were also studied by using H2-Temperature-Programmed Reduction/Desorption(H2-TPR/D), CO2-Temperature- Programmed Desorption(CO2-TPD) and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy(XPS). The outstanding carbon deposition resistance of NixMgyO-hydro was attributed to the “isolation effect” of the NixMgyO solid solution structure, which restricts Ni nano particles from aggregation. The high basicity of the surface of NixMgyO-hydro catalyst also resulted in the enhanced adsorption of CO2 and therefore contributed to anti-carbon deposition by providing oxygen to promote the gasification reaction between carbon and CO2.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-97
Number of pages14
JournalApplied Catalysis B: Environmental
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Carbon deposition
  • Hydrogen production
  • Methanol
  • Nano
  • Solid solution
  • Steam reforming

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Environmental Science
  • Process Chemistry and Technology


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