Carbon nanofibers supported nickel catalyst for liquid phase hydrogenation of benzene with high activity and selectivity

Abstract

Carbon nanofibers (CNFs) prepared by catalytic decomposition of ethylene are used as support for nickel. The CNF support displays a mean diameter of 50–60 nm, lengths up to several tens of micrometers, as highlighted by TEM. The nickel particles have a size distribution from 10 to 20 nm of diameter. This novel Ni/CNFs catalyst displays good catalytic properties in liquid phase hydrogenation of benzene at a reaction temperature of around 180 °C.

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This work was supported by the NSFC (20736009), Hunan Provincial Natural Science Foundation (07JJ6017), project (081053010) and Open Project Program of Key Laboratory of Environmentally Friendly Chemistry and Applications of Ministry of Education, China.

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Liu, P., Xie, H., Tan, S. et al. Carbon nanofibers supported nickel catalyst for liquid phase hydrogenation of benzene with high activity and selectivity. React Kinet Catal Lett 97, 101–108 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11144-009-0012-6

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Keywords

  • Carbon nanofibers
  • Benzene
  • Hydrogenation
  • Catalyst support