High-Performance MaZrOx (Ma = Cd, Ga) Solid-Solution Catalysts for CO2 Hydrogenation to Methanol

Jijie Wang, Chizhou Tang, Guanna Li, Zhe Han, Zelong Li, Hailong Liu, Feng Cheng, Can Li

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Hydrogenation of CO2 to methanol utilizing the hydrogen from renewable energy sources offers a promising way to reduce CO2 emissions through the CO2 utilization as a carbon source. However, it is a challenge to convert CO2 to methanol with high activity and high methanol selectivity. Herein, we report a class of metal-oxide solid-solution catalysts: MaZrOx (Ma = Cd, Ga), which show a methanol selectivity up to 80% with the CO2 single pass conversion reaching 4.3%-12.4% under the reaction conditions of H2/CO2 = 3/1, 24※000 h-1, 5 MPa. Structural and electronic characterizations combined with denisty functional theory calculations suggest that the Ma and Zr components in MaZrOx (Ma = Cd, Ga) solid-solution catalysts show a strong synergetic effect, which enhances the H2 heterolytic dissociation and results in high activity and high methanol selectivity. The solid-solution catalyst with dual metal oxide components offers an approach for the selective hydrogenation of CO2 to chemicals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10253-10259
JournalACS Catalysis
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • CO hydrogenation
  • dual active sites
  • H heterolytic dissociation
  • methanol synthesis
  • solid solution catalyst


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