Special Issue "Nano Catalysts for Fischer–Tropsch Synthesis"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 October 2019) | Viewed by 390

Special Issue Editor

Chemical Engineering Department, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602, USA
Interests: heterogeneous catalysis; energy engineering; plasma reactions; coal gasification; carbon dioxide capture and storage
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Fischer-Tropsch synthesis is a crucial technology to convert low-value carbon sources, such as natural gas, coal, and municipal solid waste, (after gasification) into high-value liquid hydrocarbons. Key to the process are Fischer-Tropsch catalysts, which have a rich 100+ year history focused primarily on cobalt, iron, and ruthenium. Previous research has shown that the turnover frequency for supported cobalt catalysts increases with increasing cobalt crystallite size up to a critical diameter of approximately 6 nm and then becomes constant for larger crystallites. Simultaneously, selectivity to desired heavier hydrocarbons improves. However, for iron catalysts, an opposite trend of increasing rate of hydrocarbon formation with decreasing iron carbide particle size from 7 to 2 nm have been observed. These reports of the vital dependence of reaction rate and selectivity on active phase dimension and morphology, such as the relative importance of crystallite edges and corners compared to planes, highlight the critical relevance of nano-size effects to Fischer-Tropsch catalysis and have spawned investigations into synthesis and stabilization of optimized catalysts. This Special Issue is dedicated to exploration of these and related effects on improved rate, selectivity, and stability of nanoparticle Fischer-Tropsch catalysts and to deepen mechanistic understanding of their performance.

Prof. Morris Argyle
Guest Editor

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  • Fischer-Tropsch catalyst
  • nanocatalyst
  • nanoparticle
  • cobalt
  • iron
  • carbide
  • ruthenium

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