Tuning CO2 hydrogenation selectivity on Ni/TiO2 catalysts via sulfur addition

Carole Le Berre, Andrea Falqui, Alberto Casu, Tekalign T. Debela, Mathias Barreau, Christopher H. Hendon, Philippe Serp

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In the context of CO2 valorization, the possibility of shifting the selectivity of Ni catalysts from CO2 methanation to reverse water gas shift reaction could be economically attractive provided that the catalyst presents sufficient activity and stability. Remarkably, the addition of sulfur (0.2–0.8% w/w) to nickel on a Ni/TiO2 catalyst induces a complete shift in the catalyst selectivity for CO2 hydrogenation at 340 °C from 99.7% CH4 to 99.7% CO. At an optimal Ni/S atomic ratio of 4.5, the productivity of the catalyst reaches 40.5 molCO2 molNi−1 h−1 with a good stability. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations performed on various Ni surfaces reveal that the key descriptor of selectivity is the binding energy of the CO intermediate, which is related to the local electron density of surface Ni sites.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCatalysis Science & Technology
StatePublished - Oct 11 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis


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