In situ combustion synthesis of structured Cu-Ce-O and Cu-Mn-O catalysts for the production and purification of hydrogen
The combustion method was employed for the in situ synthesis of nanocrystalline Cu-Ce-O and Cu-Mn-O catalyst layers on Al metal foam, without the need of binder or additional calcination steps. Copper-manganese spinel oxides have been proposed as a catalytic system for hydrogen production via methanol steam reforming, while CuO-CeO2 catalysts have been successfully examined for CO removal from reformed fuels via selective oxidation. In this work, the performance of these catalysts supported on Al metal foam has been investigated in the reactions of methanol reforming and selective CO oxidation. The Cu-Ce-O foam catalyst exhibited similar catalytic performance to the one of the powder catalyst in the selective oxidation of CO. The performance of the Cu-Mn-O foam catalyst in the steam reforming of methanol was inferior to the one of the powder catalyst at intermediate conversion levels, but almost complete conversion of methanol was obtained at the same temperature with both foam and powder catalysts.
Journal: Applied Catalysis B: Environmental - Volume 66, Issues 3–4, 20 July 2006, Pages 168–174