Catalysis Letters

, Volume 144, Issue 5, pp 867–877 | Cite as

Production of Renewable Hydrogen by Glycerol Steam Reforming Using Ni–Cu–Mg–Al Mixed Oxides Obtained from Hydrotalcite-like Compounds

  • Robinson L. Manfro
  • Mariana M. V. M. Souza


Ni–Cu catalysts derived from hydrotalcite-like compounds were prepared with 20 wt% of NiO and 0, 5, and 10 wt% of CuO, and evaluated in the steam reforming of glycerol. The reaction was performed in a continuous flow reactor with a solution of 10 and 20 vol.% glycerol, at 500 °C and atmospheric pressure. The highest conversion of glycerol (around 100 %) was obtained with Ni catalyst in both solutions. In the gas phase, the higher H2 selectivities were obtained with Cu-containing catalysts: 71 % (Ni5Cu/10 vol.%) and 68 % (Ni10Cu/20 vol.%). The main products formed in the liquid phase were lactic acid, acetol, acetaldehyde and acrolein and a small quantity of acetic acid. Characterization of the spent catalysts revealed that Cu-containing catalysts have greater resistance to carbon formation and the sintering process is not significant, showing that the catalysts prepared exhibit good catalytic stability.

Graphical Abstract


Steam reforming Glycerol Hydrogen Nickel Copper 



The authors thank CNPq for the financial support granted to carry out this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robinson L. Manfro
    • 1
  • Mariana M. V. M. Souza
    • 1
  1. 1.Escola de QuímicaUniversidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro - UFRJ, Centro de TecnologiaRio de Janeiro/RJBrazil

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