Effect of CO2 in the synthesis of mixed alcohols from syngas over a K/Ni/MoS2 catalyst
2013 (English)In: Fuel, ISSN 0016-2361, Vol. 107, 715-723 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
An unsupported K-Ni-MoS2 catalyst for higher alcohol synthesis from syngas (H-2/CO) has been studied during 360 h on stream. It shows a gradual increase in activity with time on stream and some possible reasons for this are discussed in the paper. The main focus of this paper was to study the on the effect of CO2-containing syngas, relative CO2-free syngas under identical reaction conditions and identical inlet H-2 and CO partial pressures (340 degrees C, 100 bar, GHSV = 6920 ml/(g(cat) h)). The effect of increased partial pressure of H-2 and CO was also studied, and to a minor extent also the effect of changed gas hourly space velocity (GHSV). Under the studied conditions, addition of CO2 was found to greatly decrease total product yield, while the selectivities to alcohol and hydrocarbons (C%, CO2-free), respectively, were unchanged. CO2 addition, however, led to a great change in the distribution within the alcohol and hydrocarbon groups. With CO2 added the methanol selectivity increased much while selectivity to longer alcohols decreased. For hydrocarbons the effect is the same, the selectivity to methane is increased while the selectivity to longer hydrocarbons is decreased. It has earlier been shown that product selectivities are greatly affected by syngas conversion level (correlated to outlet concentration of organic products, i.e. alcohols, hydrocarbons etc.) which can be altered by changes in space velocity or temperature. This means that alcohol selectivity is decreased in favor of increased hydrocarbon selectivity and longer alcohol-to-methanol ratio when syngas conversion is increased. At first it might be thought that the selectivity changes occurring when CO2 is present in the feed, just correlate to a decreased organic product concentration in the reactor and that the selectivities with CO2-containing and CO2-free syngas would be identical under constant concentration of organic products in the reactor. However, CO2-addition studies where space velocity was varied showed that significantly lower alcohol selectivity (mainly ethanol selectivity) and increased hydrocarbon selectivity (mainly methane) were found at similar organic outlet concentrations as when CO2-free syngas was feed. Comparing addition of extra H-2 or extra CO, it was found that a high H-2/CO ratio (H-2/CO = 1.52 tested in our case) favors maximum product yield, especially methanol formation, while a lower H-2/CO ratio (H-2/CO = 0.66 tested in our case) leads to higher yield of higher alcohols simultaneously minimizing hydrocarbon and methanol formation.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 107, 715-723 p.
Syngas, Higher alcohols, MoS2, CO2-containing syngas, Synthetic fuels
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-121106DOI: 10.1016/j.fuel.2012.11.044ISI: 000316214200078ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84878360614OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-121106DiVA: diva2:617087
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