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Microwave radiation in the modification of iron Fischer-Tropsch catalysts

Dlamini, W.M., Coville, N.J. and Scurrell, M.S. 2015. Microwave radiation in the modification of iron Fischer-Tropsch catalysts. Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical 409 , pp. 19-25. 10.1016/j.molcata.2015.06.014

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Potassium-promoted unsupported iron Fischer–Tropsch catalysts have been subjected to microwave radiation treatment as part of the catalyst preparation process. The treatment is applied after the catalysts have been dried and calcined. Solid-state modifications occur which result in changes in the manner and quantity of carbon monoxide adsorbed on the surface as detected by temperature programmed surface reaction (TPSR) with hydrogen. Methane is the essential product of the TPSR runs. The response to microwave treatment is an increase in the methane production at all potassium levels, but the magnitude of the increase is potassium-loading dependent and peaks at a potassium loading of 0.7 wt%. Microwave-induced changes in TPSR characteristics appear to result from selective heating occurring almost immediately on exposure of the catalysts to radiation. Longer duration of microwave exposure does not appear to result in further changes.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Chemistry
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1381-1169
Date of Acceptance: 11 June 2015
Last Modified: 24 May 2019 14:45

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