Characterization of CuMn-spinel catalyst for methanol steam reforming
CuMn-spinel oxide (CuMn(S)) and non-spinel CuMn (CuMn(NS)) oxide have been obtained by calcining the same precursor at 900 °C and 300 °C, respectively. CuMn(S) was composed of Cu1.5Mn1.5O4 spinel and Mn3O4, while CuMn(NS) consisted of CuO and Mn3O4. XRD, EXAFS, and TEM measurements of the samples reduced in hydrogen revealed that both CuMn(S) and CuMn(NS) were reduced to Cu metal dispersed on MnO and that the particle size of Cu metal from the CuMn(S) was smaller than that from CuMn(NS). In methanol steam reforming, the spinel derived catalyst showed higher activity than the non-spinel due to the higher dispersion of the Cu metal.
Journal: Catalysis Communications - Volume 10, Issue 14, 25 August 2009, Pages 1800–1803