In-situ hydrogenolysis of glycerol using hydrogen produced via aqueous phase reforming of glycerol over sonochemically synthesized nickel-based nano-catalyst

Syuhada, A., Ameen, M., Azizan, M.T., Aqsha, A., Yusoff, M.H.M., Ramli, A., Alnarabiji, M.S. and Sher, F. ORCID: 0000-0003-2890-5912, 2021. In-situ hydrogenolysis of glycerol using hydrogen produced via aqueous phase reforming of glycerol over sonochemically synthesized nickel-based nano-catalyst. Molecular Catalysis, 514: 111860. ISSN 2468-8231

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Abstract

1,3-Propanediol (1,3-PDO) is a commercially valuable chemical for the production of polytrimethylene terephthalate polymers and polyurethane. In this study, the production of 1,3-PDO was investigated via aqueous phase reforming (APR) and selective hydrogenolysis of glycerol over Ni-Ca/CeO2 catalysts synthesized by sonochemical (Us) and wet impregnation (WI) methods. The experiments were performed in a batch reactor at 20 bar, 230 ℃, and 450 rpm for 1 h. The synthesized catalysts were characterized using XRD, TEM, FESEM, BET, H2-TPR, XPS, CO-chemisorption, and NH3-TPD to better understand the physio-chemical and surface characteristics. The results revealed that sonochemical catalysts showed a larger surface area, smaller crystallite size, low reduction temperature and more homogenous particle distribution than wet impregnation catalysts. For both preparation methods, monometallic Ni/CeO2 catalysts showed the highest activity, whereas Ca modification of Ni/CeO2 catalysts significantly decreased the activity of the catalysts. The highest yield and selectivity of 1,3-PDO were 19.54% and 52.73%, respectively, using Ni/CeO2_Us catalyst. The best catalyst was further utilized for parameters optimization study to observe the effect of varying glycerol concentration (10 to 25 vol.%), temperature (210 to 250 ℃) and pressure (10 to 30 bar) on the yield and selectivity of 1,3-PDO and glycerol conversion. The results demonstrated that the highest yield (19.54%) and selectivity (52.73%) of 1,3-PDO were obtained over 10 vol.%, 230 ℃ and 20 bar with glycerol conversion of 54.26%. This present study provides a promising and economical process of converting glycerol to 1,3-PDO, which has wide applications in the industry.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Molecular Catalysis
Creators: Syuhada, A., Ameen, M., Azizan, M.T., Aqsha, A., Yusoff, M.H.M., Ramli, A., Alnarabiji, M.S. and Sher, F.
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Date: September 2021
Volume: 514
ISSN: 2468-8231
Identifiers:
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10.1016/j.mcat.2021.111860DOI
1490032Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 08 Mar 2022 09:58
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2022 09:58
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/45809

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