Novel iron-based catalyst boosts conversion of CO2 to higher alcohols

Novel iron-based catalyst boosts conversion of CO2 to higher alcohols
Revealing the promoting role of S in higher alcohols synthesis over iron catalysts. Credit: YAO Ruwei

Higher alcohols (C2+OH), important intermediates for fine chemicals, are mainly produced via petrochemical route, which is energy-intensive and environmentally unfriendly.

Recently, a research team led by Prof. Sun Jian and Prof. Ge Qingjie from the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) proposed a monometallic with Na and S co-modification for higher alcohols synthesis from CO2 hydrogenation.

This study was published in Applied Catalysis B: Environmental on July 28.

Iron is a well-known candidate catalyst for CO2 conversion. However, the strong ability for CO dissociation of the monometallic iron catalyst decreases the efficiency of higher alcohols synthesis.

The proposed monometallic iron catalyst achieved a space-time yield of 78.5 mg gcat-1 h-1 for C2+ alcohols at a relatively mild condition, which was comparable to the composite catalysts such as FeCu and FeRh.

The synergistic effects of Na and S enabled the Fe sites in different electronic environment in one metal phase and helped provide matched dissociative and non-dissociative CO activation simultaneously required for higher alcohols synthesis.


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More information: Ruwei Yao et al, Monometallic iron catalysts with synergistic Na and S for higher alcohols synthesis via CO2 hydrogenation, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental (2021). DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2021.120556
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