Special Issue "Ni-Based Catalysts for Autothermal Reforming of Biomass-Derived Oxygenates"

A special issue of Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 March 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Aingeru Remiro Website 1 Website 2 E-Mail
Chemical Engineering Department, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), P. O. Box 644, 48080, Bilbao, Spain
Interests: H2 production by steam reforming from raw bio-oil; oxidative and autothermal steam reforming of raw bio-oil; steam reforming of oxygenates (DME, EtOH and bio-oil aqueous fraction); in situ CO2 capture; heterogeneous catalysis (synthesis, physicochemical characterization, structure–activity relationships); reaction kinetics and mechanisms
Guest Editor
Dr. Beatriz Valle Website 1 Website 2 E-Mail
Chemical Engineering Department, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), P. O. Box 644, 48080, Bilbao, Spain
Interests: heterogeneous catalysis (synthesis, physicochemical characterization, structure–activity relationships); reaction kinetics and mechanisms; valorization of biomass-derived oxygenates; H2 production by steam reforming; catalytic conversion of biomass pyrolysis oil into biofuels and value-added chemicals

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Autothermal reforming (ATR) of biomass-derived oxygenates (e.g., acetic acid, ethanol, glycerol, bio-oil) is a combination of both steam reforming (SR) and partial oxidation (PO) for producing a H2-rich stream. The heat generated by exothermic PO compensates for the heat required by endothermic SR reaction.

Although Ni-based catalysts are widely used because of their low cost and high activity and selectivity, they undergo a strong deactivation due to coke deposition, oxidation, and sintering of the metallic sites. The reactivity of Ni catalysts is strongly dependent on the specific surface area, dispersion of Ni species, and their interaction with the support. Despite the numerous studies that have emerged in recent years, several points need to be addressed before industrializing ATR processes, such as the use of unrefined products, high concentration of water, and catalyst stability.

We welcome original research papers and short reviews that reflect the state-of-the-art of the development of Ni-based catalysts for autothermal reforming of oxygenates. The scope of this Special Issue covers, but is not limited to, the following topics:

  • Design and synthesis of Ni catalysts which could have a significant impact on the end-product quality, energy input, and technoeconomic aspects;
  • Development of analytical techniques for catalyst characterization;
  • Study of morphological changes of Ni during reaction;
  • Aspects of catalyst structure–activity relationships;
  • Deactivation and regeneration;
  • Kinetic modeling.

Dr. Aingeru Remiro
Dr. Beatriz Valle
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • nickel-based catalysts
  • auto-thermal reforming
  • H2 production
  • oxygenates to H2
  • catalyst screening and design
  • characterization of catalytic materials
  • structure–activity relationships

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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