Development of sulfur and carbon resistant new catalyst for effective reforming of liquid hydrocarbon fuels

Song, Chunshan
Energy and Geo-Environmental Engineering
csong@psu.edu
 


Liquid hydrocarbon fuels such as gasoline, diesel and jet fuel can be reformed using oxygen and steam to effectively produce Hydrogen and carbon dioxide (or carbon monoxide) for fuel cell applications.   The efficiency of this reaction can be compromised by the formation of coke (a side product of the reaction) on the catalyst side or by the presence of sulfur in the fuels.  We are developing new catalysts that are both carbon and sulfur resistant in order to optimize the production of hydrogen from liquid hydrocarbons. Shown below is our flow reactor system being used for the reforming of liquid hydrocarbon fuels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

A few Selected Papers:

1. Zheng, J.: Strohm, J.J.; Song, C. Ma, X.; Sun, L. “Sulfur resistance of Rh/CeO2-Al2O3 catalysts during steam reforming of jet fuels at low temperature”, Preprints of Symposia – American Chemical Society, Division of Petroleum Chemistry, 2003, 48, In press.

2. Strohm, J.J.; Zheng, J.; Song, C. “Temperature effects on the formation of carbon during pre-reforming of logistic fuels over noble metal catalysts for SOFC applications”, Preprints of Symposia – American Chemical Society, Division of Petroleum Chemistry, 2003, 48, In press.

3. Zheng, J.; Song, C.; Pan, W.; Sun, L.; Nataraj, S.; Wilhelm, F.; Armor, J.N. “Comparative study of carbon formation on supported Ni catalysts during CH4 reforming using TEOM, TPO-IR, TPD-IR and TGA techniques”, Preprints of Symposia – American Chemical Society, Division of Petroleum Chemistry, 2003, 48, In press

4. Zheng, J.; Pan, W.; Song, C. “Effect of pre-reduction on carbon formation during steam reforming of methane over promoted and unpromoted Ni/Al2O3 catalysts”, Preprints of Symposia – American Chemical Society, Division of Fuel, 2002, 47, 245.

Sponsor:
- Defense Advance Research Project Agency (DARPA)

Industrial Collaborators:
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Altex Technologies Corporation
- Air Products & Chemicals Inc.

 Additional researchers working on this project:
-          Dr. Jian Zheng
-          Mr. James J. Strohm
-          Dr. Xiaoliang Ma
-          Mrs. Lu Sun

For more information, please contact Chunshan Song.

 

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