Catalysis Letters

, Volume 106, Issue 3–4, pp 153–159 | Cite as

Spectroscopic and Kinetic Analysis of a New Low-Temperature Methanol Synthesis Reaction

  • Ruiqin Yang
  • Yi Zhang
  • Noritatsu Tsubaki


The spectroscopy and kinetics of a new low-temperature methanol synthesis method were studied by using in situ DRIFTS on Cu/ZnO catalysts from syngas (CO/CO2/H2) using alcohol promoters. The adsorbed formate species easily reacted with ethanol or 2-propanol at 443 K and atmospheric pressure, and the reaction rate with 2-propanol was faster than that with ethanol. Alkyl formate was easily reduced to form methanol at 443 K and 1.0 MPa, and the hydrogenation rate of 2-propyl formate was found to be faster than that of ethyl formate. 2-Propanol used as promoter exhibited a higher activity than ethanol in the reaction of the low-temperature methanol synthesis.


in situ DRIFT methanol ethanol 2-propanol Cu/ZnO syngas(CO/CO2/H2


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Applied Chemistry, School of EngineeringUniversity of ToyamaGofuku 3190Japan
  2. 2.Department of Applied ChemistryShenyang Institute of Chemical TechnologyShenyangP. R. China

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