The CO 2 (dry) reforming of hydrocarbons offers an opportunity to convert greenhouse gases into synthesis gas, which can further transform to various valued products. Here we explore the influence of Rh particle size and support on the reforming of propane and methane. To that end, Rh nanoparticles with controlled sizes varying from 1.6-8.0 nm were synthesized following a polyol reduction method and then dispersed on three different solids: CeZrO 2 , ZrO 2 , and CeO 2 . Catalytic turnover rates along with advanced characterization of fresh and spent catalysts reveal a linear correlation of turnover rates with Rh particle size for both methane and propane reforming. The nature and rate of coke deposition are highly dependent on the support used and its interaction with the metallic phase.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry