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

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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.

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Yang, R., Zhang, Y. & Tsubaki, N. Spectroscopic and Kinetic Analysis of a New Low-Temperature Methanol Synthesis Reaction. Catal Lett 106, 153–159 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10562-005-9623-3

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Keywords

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