Structured Ni@NaA zeolite supported on silicon carbide foam catalysts for catalytic carbon dioxide methanation

Rongxin Zhang, Huanhao Chen, Yibing Mu, Sarayute Chansai, Xiaoxia Ou, Christopher Hardacre, Yilai Jiao, Xiaolei Fan

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Carbon dioxide (CO2) conversion is an important yet challenging topic, which helps to address climate change challenge. Catalytic CO2 methanation is one of the methods to convert CO2, however, it is limited by kinetics. This work developed a structured Ni@NaA zeolite supported on silicon carbide (SiC) foam catalyst (i.e., Ni@NaA-SiC), which demonstrated an excellent performance with a CO2 conversion of ~82%, being comparable to the corresponding equilibrium conversion, and CH4 selectivity of ~95% at 400°C. The activation energy for CO2 conversion over the 15Ni@NaA-SiC catalyst is about 31 kJ mol−1, being significantly lower than that of the 15Ni@NaA pelletized catalyst (i.e., ~84 kJ mol−1). Additionally, the structured catalyst was highly stable with sustained CO2 conversion at 78.7 ± 1.4% and selectivity to CH4 at 97.7 ± 0.2% over an 80 hr longevity test. In situ diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy-mass spectroscopy characterization revealed that catalysis over the structured catalyst proceeded primarily via the CO free mechanism.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere17007
JournalAICHE Journal
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • CO methanation
  • in situ characterization
  • silicon carbide (SiC) foam
  • structured catalyst
  • zeolite

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • General Chemical Engineering


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