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Title: Influence of copper on nickel-based catalysts in the conversion of glycerol

The catalytic transformation of glycerol to value-added compounds was investigated over bimetallic Ni-Cu/γ-Al2O3 catalysts with Ni/Cu atomic ratios of 8/1, 4/1, 2/1, 1/1, 1/2, 1/4, and 1/8. XPS analysis revealed that the surface composition of the catalyst exhibited progressive enrichment of Cu as its content in the catalyst increased. H2-chemisorption indicated that the total number of exposed Ni atoms decreased as the Cu content increased. As a result, deep hydrogenolysis to produce CH4 was inhibited by the addition of Cu to the Ni catalyst, yielding higher selectivity towards the dehydration products of glycerol such as hydroxyacetone. FTIR spectra of adsorbed CO reveals that Cu asserts both geometric and electronic effects on the adsorption properties of Ni. The geometrical effect is visualized by the progressive disappearance of the bridge-bound adsorbed CO on metallic Ni by the incorporation of Cu. This suggests that the deep hydrogenolysis of glycerol to CH4 formation requires an ensemble of adjacent active Ni atoms. The electronic effect of Cu on Ni is indicated by the red shift of the IR peak of adsorbed CO as the Cu content increases. The electronic interaction between Cu and Ni species was also substantiated by XANES results. HTREM revealed metal particlesmore » very well distributed on the support with particle size of 1.5 to 5 nm. The Ni-Cu samples were not a total intermetallic alloys. We also gratefully acknowledge the US Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences Division for the support of this work. The research related to the FTIR of adsorption of CO (Proposal 48209) was performed in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), a national scientific user facility sponsored by the DOE Office of Biological and Environmental Research located at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). PNNL is operated for the US DOE by Battelle Memorial Institute under contract number DE-AC05-76RL01830.« less
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Journal Name: Applied Catalysis. B, Environmental, 166-167:166-180
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (US)
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United States
hydrogenolysis; dehydration; glycerol; nickel; copper; catalyst, reduction