Development of a bimetallic dolomite based tar cracking catalyst
In this study a bimetallic dolomite based tar cracking catalyst was developed and tested. It was enriched in Ni and Fe with BET surface area of 12.31 m2/g. The catalytic characterizations were tested with tar simulated by naphthalene, and with tar produced by biomass and coal co-pyrolysis. 93% naphthalene was decomposed at 950 °C. A first order apparent kinetic model was developed. Activation energy of 63.96 kJ/mol and pre-exponential factor of 396.2/s were calculated. Furthermore, reduction in char yield by 7%, when the catalyst was used in the biomass–coal co-pyrolysis, was observed.
Graphical abstractFigure optionsDownload full-size imageDownload as PowerPoint slideHighlights► Fe− and Ni− are added in the novel tar cracking catalyst. ► The simulated compound—naphthalene is decomposed 93% at 950 °C under this catalyst. ► Activation energy of 63.96 kJ/mol and pre-exponential factor of 396.2/s are achieved. ► The catalyst can increase the co-pyrolysis efficiency of biomass and coal.
Journal: Catalysis Communications - Volume 20, 5 April 2012, Pages 36–40