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Title: NiMg/Ceria-Zirconia Cylindrical Pellet Catalysts for Tri-reforming of Surrogate Biogas

Cylindrical NiMg/Ce 0.6Zr 0.4O 2 pellet catalysts with two different sizes (large: radius = 1.59 mm; and small: radius = 0.75 mm) were produced by extrusion of powder catalysts. The small catalyst pellets had a higher specific surface area, pore volume, average pore size, radial crush strength, and resistance to breakage than the large ones. Tri-reforming tests with surrogate biogas were conducted at 3 bar and 882 °C, with the feed molar ratios of CH 4: CO 2: air fixed at 1.0: 0.7: 0.95 and the H 2O/CH 4 molar feed ratio (0.35 – 1.16) varied. The small catalyst pellets exhibited lower internal mass transfer resistance and higher coking resistance, compared to the large ones. CO 2 conversion decreased and H 2/CO molar ratio increased with the increase of H 2O/CH 4 molar feed ratio, which are consistent with the trends predicted by thermodynamic equilibrium calculations. Finally, the results indicate that the NiMg/Ce 0.6Zr 0.4O 2 catalyst pellets are promising for commercial scale applications.
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  1. Univ. of South Florida, Tampa, FL (United States). Dept. of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering
  2. T2C-Energy, LLC, Tampa, FL (United States)
  3. Univ. of South Florida, Tampa, FL (United States). Dept. of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering; T2C-Energy, LLC, Tampa, FL (United States)
Publication Date:
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 57; Journal Issue: 3; Journal ID: ISSN 0888-5885
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Research Org:
T2C-Energy, LLC, Tampa, FL (United States); Univ. of South Florida, Tampa, FL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States
09 BIOMASS FUELS; Biogas; FTS; Reforming; Biomass; Drop-in Renewable Fuel; Catalyst
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