Special Issue "Iron and Cobalt Catalysts"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2019.
Prof. Wilson D Shafer
Prof. Gary Jacobs
Since the turn of the last century—when the field of catalysis was born—iron and cobalt have been key players in numerous catalysis processes. These metals, because of their ability to activate CO and CH, remain a major economic impact worldwide. Several industrial processes and synthetic routes utilize these metals:
- Biomass-to-Liquids (BTL),
- Coal-to-Liquids (CTL),
- Natural Gas-to-Liquids (GTL),
- Alcohol Synthesis,
- Alcohol Steam Reforming,
- Polymerization Processes,
- Cross-coupling Reactions,
- Photocatalyst activated reactions.
A vast number of materials are produced from these processes, including oil, lubricants, waxes, diesel and jet fuels, hydrogen (e.g., fuel cell applications), gasoline, rubbers, plastics, alcohols, pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, feed-stock chemicals and other alternative materials. However, given the true complexities of the variables involved in these processes, many key mechanistic issues are still not fully defined or understood.
This Special Issue of Catalysis will be a collaborative effort to combine current catalysis research on these metals, from experimental and theoretical perspectives on both heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysts. We welcome contributions from the catalysis community on catalyst characterization, kinetics, reaction mechanism, reactor development, theoretical modeling, and surface science are all welcome.
Prof. Wilson D Shafer
Prof. Gary Jacobs
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- CO activation
- CH activation
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Fischer-Tropsch synthesis: Effect of potassium sources on FT activity and product selectivity”
Authors: M.K. Gnanamani, G. Jacobs, M. Martinelli, D. Sparks, W.D. Shafer
Affiliation: Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington KY, USA
Title: Deuterium study of Fe and Ru catalyzed Fisher-Tropsch synthesis
Authors: Buchang Shi
Affiliation: Department of Chemistry, Eastern Kentucky University, USA
Title: Effect of co-feeding inorganic and organic molecules in the Fe and Co catalyzed Fischer–Tropsch synthesis: a review
Authors: Adolph Anga Muleja, Joshua Gorimbo, Prof. Cornelius Mduduzi Masuku
Affiliation: Department of Civil and Chemical Engineering, University of South Africa, Private Bag X6, Florida, 1710, South Africa
Abstract: This short review makes it clear that after 90 years, the Fischer–Tropsch synthesis (FTS) process is very far from understood. While it is agreed that it is primarily a polymerisation process giving rise to a distribution of mainly olefins and paraffins, the mechanism by which this occurs on catalysts is still the subject of much debate. Many of the FT features such as deactivation; product distributions; kinetics and mechanism; and equilibrium aspects of the FT processes are still subjects of controversy, regardless of the progress that has been made so far. The effect of molecules co-feeding in FTS on these features is the main focus of this study. This review will look at some of these areas and try to throw some light on some of the aspects of FTS since the inception of the idea to date with emphasis and recommendation made based on nitrogen, water, ammonia, and olefins co-feeding case studies.
Title: Cobalt pincer complex for catalysis
Author: Huiguang Dai
Affiliation: Department of Chemistry, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0172, United States
Title: Recent progress on heterogeneous Fe/Co-catalyzed biomass conversions
Author: Dr. Jiang Li
Affiliation: State Key Laboratory of Heavy Oil Processing, Institute of New Energy, China University of Petroleum (Beijing), Beijing, China
Title: Effect of Metallic Promoters on Cobalt Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis Catalyst
Authors: Mingsheng Luo*, He Li, Zuoxing Di*
Affiliation: Center for Applied Energy and Environmental Research, Beijing Institute of Petrochemical Technology, 19 Qing-Yuan North Road, Beijing 102600, China
Abstract: A series of studies were conducted to investigate the effect of some metallic promoters, i.e., Cu, La, Mg, Fe, Ce, on reducibility of an alumina supported cobalt Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis (FTS) catalyst. Cobalt (20%) catalyst used in this study was prepared with alumina by incipient wetness. Each of the promoters was added to the base cobalt catalyst at 4% loading. It is found that iron promoted catalyst yielded the largest Co3O4 crystallite, while other promoters showed little effect on it. The only amorphous Co3O4 crystallite was generated from iron promoted sample. BET data shows that the largest surface area was yielded from copper promoted sample, and copper also enhanced the reducibility of the catalyst; however, copper promoted catalyst produced the lowest CO conversion probably due to its thermal sensitivity to temperature in the reduction process. It also shows that only La significantly enhanced the CO conversion, while Fe and Mg lowered the CO conversion.
Keywords: Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis; Gas-to-Liquid, Cerium; Copper; Magnesium; Iron; Lanthanum; Cobalt Catalyst; Promotion; Syngas
Title: The effect of potassium on cobalt-based Fischer-Tropsch catalysts with different cobalt particle sizes
Authors: Ljubiša Gavrilović, Jonas Save and Edd A. Blekkan
Affiliation: Catalysis Group, Department of Chemical Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway
Abstract: The effect of K on a 20%Co/0.5%Re/γ-Al2O3 catalysts with two different cobalt particle sizes (small, in the range 6-7 nm and medium size, in the range 12-13 nm) was investigated. The catalyst with the smaller cobalt particle size had a lower specific catalytic activity and C5+ selectivity while selectivities towards CH4 and CO2 were slightly higher than over the catalyst with larger particles. These effects are ascribed to lower hydrogen concentration on the surface as well as the lower reducibility of smaller cobalt particles. Upon potassium addition all samples showed decreased catalytic activity (reported as Site Time Yield (STY)), increased C5+ and CO2 selectivities, and a decrease in CH4 selectivity. There was no difference in the effect of potassium between the sample with small cobalt particles compared to the sample with medium size particles 12-13 nm). In both cases the activity (STY) fell and the C5+ selectivity increased in a similar fashion.
Title: Fischer-Tropsch synthesis: Catalytic performance of 0.27%Ag-25%Co/Al2O3 catalysts in slurry phase and micro-channel reactors
Authors: Wenping Ma, Sandeep Badoga, Gary Jacobs, Wilson D. Shafer, Dennis, Sparks, and Burtron H. Davis
Affiliation: Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, 2540 Research Park Drive, Lexington, Kentucky, 40511 USA
Abstract: In this study, the FTS performance of 0.27%Ag-25%Co/Al2O3 catalysts in CSTR and a micro-channel reactor was comparatively studied using the same reduction and FTS conditions for example reduction: 350 oC, H2/He for 36 h; FTS: 200-225 oC, 1.3 MPa, H2/CO ratio of 2.0 and ca. 50% CO conversion. In both reactors, the catalysts were examined for long period of time (550-1200 h). The catalyst activity and deactivation rate in the micro-channel reactor and CSTR reactor are comparable. During long time running, pressure drop in the micro reactor was low, less than 30 psig, and it demonstrated high hydrocarbon productivity and excellent heat change properties (temperature difference along bed: ± 0.5 oC). The results suggest that using micro-channel reactor is a viable path for the production of clean fuels through the XTL process. The effect of Al2O3 pore support and Ag promoter on the FTS performance were also investigated in this paper. The 0.27%Ag-25%Co/Al2O3 catalysts displayed ~50% higher activity than the unpromoted 25%Co/Al2O3 catalysts which was ascribed to the Ag significantly facilitated Co reduction. The activity and selectivity of the Ag-Co catalysts changed greatly with Al2O3 type. The wide pore HP14/150 Al2O3 benefited the formation of heavier hydrocarbon and catalyst stability, and greatly decreased methane formation. The better Co dispersion on the wide pore Al2O3 support could be a dominant reason for the favorite selectivity trend and good stability of the catalyst. The narrow pore CS331-1 Al2O3 support displayed higher activity and higher 2-C4 olefin selectivity and C4 paraffin than the other two supports. It is postulated that the support has higher surface, and may contain more amount of acid sites, resulting higher activities of hydrogenation and secondary reaction of olefins.
Keywords: Fischer-Tropsch synthesis; Co/Al2O3; Ag; hydrocarbon selectivity; Micro-channel
Title: Iron-cobalt bimetal catalysts and their applications in energy-related electrochemical reactions
Authors: Yang Li, Xiaobin Fan
Affiliation: School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300354, China
Abstract: Since the persistently increasing trend of energy consumption, technologies for renewable energy production and conversion have drawn great attention worldwide. The performance and the cost of electrocatalysts play two crucial roles in the globalization of advanced energy conversion devices. Among the developed technics involving metal catalysts, transition-metal catalysts (TMC) are recognized the most promising materials due to the excellent properties and stability. Particularly, the iron-cobalt bimetal catalysts exhibit exciting electrochemical properties because of the interior cooperative effects. Herein, we summarize recent advances in iron-cobalt bimetal catalysts for electrochemical applications especially hydrogen evolution reaction (HER), oxygen evolution reaction (OER) and oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). Moreover, the components and synergetic effects of the composites and catalytic mechanism during reaction processes are highlighted. On the basis of extant catalysts and mechanism, the current issues and prospective outlook of the field are also discussed.
Title: Reverse Water-Gas Shift Iron Catalyst Derived from Magnetite
Authors: Chen-Yu Chou, Jason A. Loiland, and Raul F. Lobo*
Affiliation: Center for Catalytic Science and Technology, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, USA
Abstract: The catalytic properties of unsupported iron oxides, specifically magnetite (Fe3O4), were investigated for the reverse water-gas shift (RWGS) reaction at temperatures between 723 K and 773 K and atmospheric pressure. This catalyst exhibited fast catalytic CO formation rate (35.1 mmol h-1 gcat.-1), high turnover frequency (0.180 s-1), high CO selectivity (>99%), and high stability (753K, 45000 cm3h-1gcat.-1) under 1:1 H2 to CO2 ratio. Reaction rates over Fe3O4 catalyst displayed a strong dependence on H2 partial pressure (reaction order of ~0.8) and a weaker dependence on CO2 partial pressure (reaction order of 0.33) under equimolar flow of both reactants. X-ray powder diffraction patterns and XPS spectra reveal that the bulk composition and structure of the post-reaction catalyst was formed mostly of metallic Fe and Fe3C while the surface contained Fe2+, Fe3+, metallic Fe, and Fe3C. Catalyst tests on pure Fe3C (iron carbide) suggest that Fe3C is not an effective catalyst for this reaction at the conditions investigated. Gas-switching experiments (CO2 or H2) indicate that a redox mechanism is the predominant reaction pathway.
Title: The evolution of catalysis for alkyd coatings: responding to impending cobalt reclassification with very active iron and manganese catalysts with polydentate nitrogen donor ligands
Authors: Neil Simpson, Devlin Riley and Ronald Hage
Affiliation: Borchers GmbH. Langenfeld, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Abstract: Autoxidation processes to achieve curing of alkyd resins in paints, inks and coatings are ubiquitous in many applications. Cobalt soaps have been employed for these applications for many decades and most of the paint and ink alkyd resin formulations have been optimised to achieve optimal benefits of the cobalt soaps. However, cobalt soaps are under increased scrutiny because of likely reclassification as carcinogenic under REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restrictions of Chemicals) legislation in Europe. This is critical, since such coatings are available for regular human contact. Alternative manganese- and iron-based driers have been developed to address this need for over a decade. They often show very high curing activity depending on the organic ligands bound to the metal centres. Recently, new classes of catalysts and modes of application have been published or patented to create safe paints, whilst delivering performance benefits via their unique reaction mechanisms. Besides the use of well-defined, preformed catalysts, paint formulations have also been developed with mixtures of metal soaps and ligands that form active species in-situ. The change from Co-soaps to Mn- and Fe-based driers meant that important coating issues related to radical-based curing, such as skinning, had to be rethought. In this paper we will review the new catalyst technologies and their performance and modes of action, as well as new compounds developed to provide anti-skinning benefits.