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Catalysts 2019, 9(3), 282;

Highly Dispersed Ni Nanocatalysts Derived from NiMnAl-Hydrotalcites as High-Performing Catalyst for Low-Temperature Syngas Methanation

State Key Laboratory of Multiphase Complex Systems, Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, China
School of Chemical Engineering, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
Zhongke Langfang Institute of Process Engineering, Fenghua Road No 1, Langfang Economic & Technical Development Zone, Hebei 065001, China
Institute of Industrial Chemistry and Energy Technology, School of Chemical Engineering Shenyang University of Chemical Technology, Shenyang, Liaoning 110142, China
College of Engineering, Guangdong Technion Iarael Institute of Technology (GTIIT), 243 Daxue Road, Shantou 515063, China
Key Laboratory of Low Carbon Energy and Chemical Engineering, College of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Shandong University of Science and Technology, Qingdao 266590, China
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Received: 15 February 2019 / Revised: 4 March 2019 / Accepted: 7 March 2019 / Published: 19 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ni-Containing Catalysts)
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Increasing the low-temperature performance of nickel-based catalysts in syngas methanation is critical but very challenging, because at low temperatures there is high concentration of CO on the catalyst surface, causing formation of nickel carbonyl with metallic Ni and further catalyst deactivation. Herein, we have prepared highly dispersed Ni nanocatalysts by in situ reduction of NiMnAl-layered double hydroxides (NiMnAl-LDHs) and applied them to syngas methanation. The synthesized Ni nanocatalysts maintained the nanosheet structure of the LDHs, in which Ni particles were decorated with MnOy species and embedded in the AlOx nanosheets. It was observed that the Ni nanocatalysts exhibited markedly better low-temperature performance than commercial catalysts in the syngas methanation. At 250 °C, 3.0 MPa and a high weight hourly space velocity (WHSV) of 30,000 mL·g−1·h−1, both the CO conversion and the CH4 selectivity reached 100% over the former, while those over the commercial catalyst were only 14% and 76%, respectively. Furthermore, this NiMnAl catalyst exhibited strong anti-carbon and anti-sintering properties at high temperatures. The enhanced low-temperature performance and high-temperature stability originated from the promotion effect of MnOy and the embedding effect of AlOx in the catalyst. View Full-Text
Keywords: low-temperature methanation; nickel carbonyl; NiMnAl-LDHs; Ni nanocatalysts low-temperature methanation; nickel carbonyl; NiMnAl-LDHs; Ni nanocatalysts

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Lu, B.; Zhuang, J.; Du, J.; Gu, F.; Xu, G.; Zhong, Z.; Liu, Q.; Su, F. Highly Dispersed Ni Nanocatalysts Derived from NiMnAl-Hydrotalcites as High-Performing Catalyst for Low-Temperature Syngas Methanation. Catalysts 2019, 9, 282.

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