Tuning the Metal Support Interaction and Enhancing the Stability of Titania Supported Cobalt Fischer-Tropsch Catalysts via Carbon Nitride Coating

Jingping Hong, Bo Wang, Guiqin Xiao, Ning Wang, Yuhua Zhang, Andrei Y Khodakov, Jinlin Li

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Abstract

Supported metal catalysts have found numerous applications in many catalytic reactions, including Fischer-Tropsch synthesis. Metal dispersion, metal reducibility, catalytic performance and catalyst stability are usually strongly affected by the interaction of active phase and support. A strong metal support interaction has been previously reported for titania supported catalysts. In this work, a series of titania supported cobalt catalysts promoted via deposition of a layer of carbon nitride were prepared, characterized and tested in Fischer-Tropsch synthesis. The catalytic performance of freshly activated catalysts was an interplay of cobalt dispersion and reducibility. Deposition of carbon nitride on the surface of titania resulted in a noticeable enhancement of cobalt dispersion, while it hindered to some extent cobalt reducibility. The non-promoted cobalt catalysts exhibited noticeable deactivation in Fischer-Tropsch synthesis. The catalyst deactivation was due to the progressive encapsulation of cobalt active phase by TiO2 during the reaction. A carbon nitride layer on the TiO2 surface stabilized cobalt nanoparticles and prevented encapsulation of active sites by TiO2 species. The stability was significantly enhanced on all titania supported cobalt catalysts promoted with carbon nitride.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalACS Catalysis
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StatePublished - Apr 15 2020

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