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Title: Superior performance of Ni–W–Ce mixed-metal oxide catalysts for ethanol steam reforming: Synergistic effects of W- and Ni-dopants

In this study, the ethanol steam reforming (ESR) reaction was examined over a series of Ni-W-Ce oxide catalysts. The structures of the catalysts were characterized using in-situ techniques including X-ray diffraction, Pair Distribution Function, X-ray absorption fine structure and transmission electron microscopy; while possible surface intermediates for the ESR reaction were investigated by Diffuse Reflectance Infrared Fourier Transform Spectroscopy. In these materials, all the W and part of the Ni were incorporated into the CeO₂ lattice, with the remaining Ni forming highly dispersed nano NiO (< 2 nm) outside the Ni-W-Ce oxide structure. The nano NiO was reduced to Ni under ESR conditions. The Ni-W-Ce systeme exhibited a much larger lattice strain than those seen for Ni-Ce and W-Ce. Synergistic effects between Ni and W inside ceria produced a substantial amount of defects and O vacancies that led to high catalytic activity, selectivity and stability (i.e. resistance to coke formation) during ethanol steam reforming.
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  1. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); State Univ. of New York (SUNY) Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY (United States)
  2. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
  3. Instituto de Catalisis y Petroleoquimica, Madrid (Spain); Cracow Univ. of Technology, Krakow (Poland)
  4. Instituto de Catalisis y Petroleoquimica, Madrid (Spain)
  5. State Univ. of New York (SUNY) Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY (United States)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 0021-9517; R&D Project: CO-009; KC0302010
Grant/Contract Number:
SC00112704; AC02-98CH10886
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Catalysis
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 321; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0021-9517
Research Org:
Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; national synchrotron light source; steam reforming of ethanol; lattice strain; oxygen vacancies; nickel; ceria; tungsten; DRIFTS; XRD; XAFS
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OSTI ID: 1244579