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Respected Speaker for CAT 2021 Conference - Tamara Siqueira Moraes
Tamara Siqueira Moraes
Energy and Nuclear Research Institute, Brazil
Title : Highly efficient and stable [email protected] catalyst for steam reforming of ethanol


Hydrogen can be produced from the steam reforming (SR) of biomass-derived liquids such as bioethanol. The SR of ethanol for hydrogen production has several advantages. However, one of the main barriers to the commercialization of this technology is the deactivation of the catalysts due to the formation of carbon. Therefore, the development of catalysts that are stable and resistant to carbon formation is necessary. Several strategies have been used to avoid the deposition of carbon on the surface of the catalysts. Cerium oxide, at high temperatures or in the presence of reducers, can easily change oxidation state to form a nonstoichiometric oxygen deficient oxide. This oxide has a strong tendency to remain in the fluorite structure even after considerable oxygen loss, stabilizing the structure with a high number of oxygen vacancies. Other approach to minimize coke formation is to control the size of metallic particle through modifications in the catalyst structure. According to the mechanism reported in the literature, carbon formation in these reactions is favored in large sizes of metal particle. Therefore, controlling particle size is essential to reduce carbon accumulation on the catalyst surface during ethanol reforming reactions. One strategy for inhibiting the sintering process of metal particles in catalysts is the development of core-shell catalysts. These catalysts feature a metal core covered with an oxide layer, which gives them unique characteristics. The core-shell structure also accelerates the transformation processes of the carbon formed at the metal-oxide interface, favoring the gasification reaction and consequently its elimination in the form of CO2. Das et all have synthesized an innovative sandwiched core-shell structured [email protected] catalyst that showed high activity and stability at dry reforming of biogas with negligible coke formation. The aim of this work is to investigate the performance of the structurally modified [email protected] catalyst in the form of a sandwiched core-shell to inhibit the formation of carbon and increase the stability of the catalysts in the SR of ethanol reaction. This new form of catalyst synthesis has proved very efficient in other reactions but is still very little studied in the ethanol SR reaction. Silica nano-spheres were synthesized by the Stöber method and Ni-SiO2 catalysts were prepared via a Niphyllosilicate precursor route. [email protected] was prepared using the fresh Ni-phyllosilicate spheres coated with a thin layer of CeO2 using a precipitation method. Silica nano-spheres and Ni-SiO2 were calcined at 1273 K for 1 hour with air. Samples were analyzed using transmission electron microscope (TEM) and x-ray diffraction (XRD). SR of ethanol was performed in a fixed-bed reactor at atmospheric pressure. Prior to reaction, catalysts were reduced under pure hydrogen at 1073 K for 1 h. The reactions were carried out at 773, 873 and 973 K and H2O/ethanol molar ratio of 3.0.


Dr. Tamara Moraes studied Chemical Engineer at the Fluminense Federal University (UFF), Brazil, and graduated with an MS in 2013. She received her Ph.D. degree in 2018 at the Military Engineering Institute (IME), researching the development of compact processors for hydrogen production from ethanol reforming using monolithic supported catalysts. Through the "Science Without Borders" program, completed a Ph.D. (2016) sandwich at Columbia University (NYC) supervised by Dr. Robert Farrauto. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Center (Energy and Nuclear Research Institute, Brazil).