Design of Mixed Metal Oxides with Increased Catalytic Activity for Fischer–Tropsch Synthesis

  • Sania Saheli
  • Ali Reza RezvaniEmail author
  • Somayeh Rigi
  • Michal Dusek
  • Vaclav Eigner
  • Marketa Jarosova


Two sets of Co–Ni/SiO2 and Co–Ni/Al2O3 catalysts for the Fischer–Tropsch synthesis were synthesized by a new method of thermal decomposition of inorganic precursors and by a standard impregnation method, the latter used as a reference method. The inorganic precursors necessary for the thermal decomposition were based on a new complex formulated as [Co1.68Ni1.32(btc)2(H2O)14]·4H2O and characterized by elemental analysis, FT-IR spectroscopy, and the single crystal analysis. The synthesized and reference catalysts were characterized by FT-IR, XRD, SEM, and BET. Their catalytic performances were evaluated in the fixed bed micro reactor for running the Fischer–Tropsch synthesis (FTS). According to the results, the new method based on thermal decomposition of inorganic precursors is superior to the impregnation method, giving rise to more active catalysts with larger active area.

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Fischer–Tropsch synthesis Mixed metal oxide Inorganic precursor Impregnation Reproducible energy 



The authors are grateful to University of Sistan and Bluchestan for the support of this work. The crystallographic part was supported by the Project 18-10504S of the Czech Science Foundation using instruments of the ASTRA lab established within the Operation program Prague Competitiveness—Project CZ.2.16/3.1.00/24510.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sania Saheli
    • 1
  • Ali Reza Rezvani
    • 1
    Email author
  • Somayeh Rigi
    • 1
  • Michal Dusek
    • 2
  • Vaclav Eigner
    • 2
  • Marketa Jarosova
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of Sistan and BaluchestanZahedanIran
  2. 2.Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of SciencesPrague 8Czech Republic

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