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Morphology-Dependent Catalytic Activity of Ru/CeO2 in Dry Reforming of Methane

Department of Chemistry and Shanghai Key Laboratory of Molecular Catalysis and Innovative Materials, Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemistry for Energy Materials, Fudan University, Shanghai 200438, China
Wolfson Catalysis Centre, Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3QR, UK
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Academic Editors: Robert Raja, Matthew E. Potter and Stephanie Chapman
Molecules 2019, 24(3), 526;
Received: 31 December 2018 / Revised: 24 January 2019 / Accepted: 29 January 2019 / Published: 1 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Catalysis: Providing Sustainable Solutions to Global Challenges)
Three morphology-controlled CeO2, namely nanorods (NRs), nanocubes (NCs), and nanopolyhedra (NPs), with different mainly exposed crystal facets of (110), (100), and (111), respectively, have been used as supports to prepare Ru (3 wt.%) nanoparticle-loaded catalysts. The catalysts were characterized by H2-temperature programmed reduction (H2-TPR), CO– temperature programmed desorption (CO-TPD), N2 adsorption–desorption, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (XDS). The characterization results showed that CeO2-NRs, CeO2-NCs, and CeO2-NPs mainly expose (110), (100) and (111) facets, respectively. Moreover, CeO2-NRs and CeO2-NCs present higher oxygen vacancy concentration than CeO2-NPs. In the CO2 reforming of methane reaction, Ru/CeO2-NR and Ru/CeO2-NC catalysts showed better catalytic performance than Ru/CeO2-NPs, indicating that the catalysts with high oxygen vacancy concentration are beneficial for promoting catalytic activity. View Full-Text
Keywords: carbon dioxide; methane; CeO2; crystal facets; dry reforming carbon dioxide; methane; CeO2; crystal facets; dry reforming
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He, L.; Ren, Y.; Fu, Y.; Yue, B.; Tsang, S.C.E.; He, H. Morphology-Dependent Catalytic Activity of Ru/CeO2 in Dry Reforming of Methane. Molecules 2019, 24, 526.

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