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Thorium-Copper Intermetallic Catalysts for the Synthesis of Methanol

  • G. B. Atkinson
  • E. G. Baglin
  • L. J. Nicks
  • D. J. Bauer

Abstract

The Bureau of Mines, Reno Research Center, began a catalyst research project in the mid-seventies to investigate improving the efficiency of catalysts containing critical and strategic metals. The initial years were spent gathering equipment and developing methods for preparation, physical characterization, and testing activity of experimental catalysts. Early research concentrated on the catalytic properties of rare-earth elements for oxidation reactions [1]. In addition to the catalyst research, another group at Reno was investigating the hydrogen absorption properties of intermetallic compounds of the type LaNi5 [2]. Since hydrogen storage alloys functioned by breaking the hydrogen bond and storing atomic hydrogen [3,4], they were logical candidates for study as hydrogenation catalysts. Synthesis of methane was the first reaction studied.

Keywords

Methanol Synthesis Hydrogen Storage Alloy Methanol Production Back Pressure Regulator Develop Surface Area 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. B. Atkinson
    • 1
  • E. G. Baglin
    • 1
  • L. J. Nicks
    • 1
  • D. J. Bauer
    • 1
  1. 1.Bureau of Mines, Reno Research CenterU.S. Department of the InteriorRenoUSA

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