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Accession Number PB2013-103279
Title Development of Nanocatalysts for the Synthesis of Biofuels from Biomass Derived Syngas.
Publication Date Jun 2012
Media Count 21p
Personal Author A. McDonald D. McIlroy L. Guanqun P. Bakharev
Abstract The potential silica nanospring (NS) supported cobalt catalyst (Co/SiO2-NS) for Fischer-Tropsch synthesis (FTS) was investigated, and the results were compared with those of a conventional silica gel supported cobalt catalyst (Co/SiO2-gel). Co/SiO2-gel and Co/SiO2-NS catalysts were prepared using the incipient wetness impregnation method and a thermal assisted reduction process, respectively, and characterized by scanning electron microscopy/ energy dispersive spectroscopy (SEM/EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), N2 physisorption, X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), and H2-temperature programed reduction (H2-TPR). The catalysts were evaluated for their conversion of syngas to products in a quartz fix-bed micro-reactor (230 DGC, atm pressure). The FTS products were trapped and characterized by GC-MS to determine conversion efficiency. The products (alkanes) for both catalysts ranged from C1 to C21 and would be a suitable substrate for diesel. The results show that the NS approach for a FTS catalyst support shows promise for generating fuels from syngas. Future work will focus on optimizing Co/SiO2-NS catalyst for improved conversion efficiencies.
Keywords Biofuels
Biomass fuels
Scanning Electron Microscopy/Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy(
Transmission Electron Microscopy(TEM)
X-ray Powder Diffraction(XRD)

Source Agency Department of Transportation Research and Special Programs Administration
NTIS Subject Category 97K - Fuels
99B - Industrial Chemistry & Chemical Process Engineering
99D - Basic & Synthetic Chemistry
Corporate Author Idaho Univ., Moscow. National Inst. for Advanced Transportation Technology.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Final rept.
NTIS Issue Number 1308
Contract Number DTRT07-G-0056

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