Steam reforming of ethanol over supported iron-cobalt catalyst

Yasushi Sekine*, Atsushi Kazama, Yoshiyuki Izutsu, Masahiko Matsukata, Eiichi Kikuchi

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Biomass is an important energy resource in terms of renewable resource and carbon neutral material. Fermented organic compounds to obtain ethanol include high concentration of water and low concentration of ethanol. Such biomass ethanol has to be distilled with an enormous amount of energy consumption before adding it into gasoline. A new approach to use biomass ethanol with water is hydrogen production by steam reforming of ethanol without distillation. We found that Co/SrTiO3 and Co/alumina catalyst had high activity for steam reforming of ethanol at 823 K. Also we investigated the reaction path from ethanol to hydrogen, promoting effect of small amount of Fe. As a result, we found that an addition of small amount of iron onto the Co catalyst promoted the steam reforming of acetaldehyde to produce hydrogen and CO, CO2.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAmerican Chemical Society - 238th National Meeting and Exposition, ACS 2009, Abstracts of Scientific Papers
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Dec 1
Event238th National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society, ACS 2009 - Washington, DC, United States
Duration: 2009 Aug 162009 Aug 20

Publication series

NameACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts
ISSN (Print)0065-7727


Conference238th National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society, ACS 2009
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWashington, DC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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