Catalysis Letters

, Volume 142, Issue 9, pp 1061–1066 | Cite as

Bimetallic FeCo Nanocrystals Supported on Highly Porous Silica Aerogels as Fischer–Tropsch Catalysts

  • Danilo Loche
  • Maria F. Casula
  • Anna Corrias
  • Sergio Marras
  • Pietro Moggi


In this work, nanocomposites constituted of FeCo alloy nanoparticles dispersed on a highly porous silica aerogel have been designed as catalysts for low temperature Fischer–Tropsch synthesis. The catalysts were characterized by XRD, TEM, N2 physisorption and SEM analysis. A high catalytic activity with CO conversions up to 95 % has been obtained, with enhanced selectivity for the C2–C4 hydrocarbons.

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Alloy Nanocomposite Aerogel Fischer–Tropsch 



The Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) under the SEED project “NANOCAT” and Regione Autonoma della Sardegna through POR Sardegna FSE 2007–2013, L.R.7/2007 “Promozione della ricerca scientifica e dell’innovazione tecnologica in Sardegna” are gratefully acknowledged for financial support. The authors thank Dr. Alessandro Di Michele, Università di Perugia-Dipartimento di Fisica, for SEM analysis.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Danilo Loche
    • 1
  • Maria F. Casula
    • 1
  • Anna Corrias
    • 1
  • Sergio Marras
    • 2
  • Pietro Moggi
    • 3
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche e Geologiche and INSTMUniversità di CagliariCagliariItaly
  2. 2.Istituto Italiano di TecnologiaGenoaItaly
  3. 3.Dipartimento di Chimica Organica e IndustrialeUniversità di ParmaParmaItaly

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