Journal article

Improved methanol yield and selectivity from CO2 hydrogenation using a novel Cu-ZnO-ZrO2 catalyst supported on Mg-Al layered double hydroxide (LDH)

Xin Fang, Yuhan Men, Fan Wu, Qinghu Zhao, Ranjeet Singh, Penny Xiao, Tao Du, Paul A Webley



Methanol synthesis via CO2 hydrogenation is an important part of the strategy for generating clean energy as we attempt to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels. Conventional catalysts for this reaction need improvement in their methanol selectivity. In this work, a layered double hydroxide (Mg-Al LDH) was used as a carrier for Cu-ZnO-ZrO2 to produce a catalyst by co-precipitation. From characterization results, CuO-ZnO-ZrO2 nanoparticles were formed and were uniformly dispersed and attached to the surface of LDH. BET surface area and copper dispersion of the catalysts were significantly improved by 4.3 times and 2.9 times, respectively, compared with a reference catalyst without the support..

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Awarded by China Scholarship Council

Awarded by Natural Science Foundation of China

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the China Scholarship Council (No. 201606080053), the University of Melbourne and the Natural Science Foundation of China (Grants 51474067). We acknowledge the Monash X-ray platform (MXP) for XRD measurements and Monash centre of electron microscopy (MCEM) for SEM-EDX analyses. We also acknowledge the Materials Characterisation and Fabrication Platform (MCFP) in the University of Melbourne and the Victorian Node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) for the HIM characterizations.