Integrated CO2 capture and reduction catalysis: Role of γ-Al2O3 support, unique state of potassium and synergy with copper

Donato Pinto, Stefano Minorello, Zhouping Zhou, Atsushi Urakawa*

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Carbon dioxide capture and reduction (CCR) process emerges as an efficient catalytic strategy for CO2 capture and conversion to valuable chemicals. K-promoted Cu/Al2O3 catalysts exhibited promising CO2 capture efficiency and highly selective conversion to syngas (CO + H2). The dynamic nature of the Cu-K system at reaction conditions complicates the identification of the catalytically active phase and surface sites. The present work aims at more precise understanding of the roles of the potassium and copper and the contribution of the metal oxide support. While γ-Al2O3 guarantees high dispersion and destabilisation of the potassium phase, potassium and copper act synergistically to remove CO2 from diluted streams and promote fast regeneration of the active phase for CO2 capture releasing CO while passing H2. A temperature of 350℃ is found necessary to activate H2 dissociation and generate the active sites for CO2 capture. The effects of synthesis parameters on the CCR activity are also described by combination of ex-situ characterisation of the materials and catalytic testing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-122
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Environmental Sciences (China)
Publication statusPublished - 2024

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  • Aluminium oxide
  • Carbon capture and utilisation
  • Carbon dioxide
  • CO capture and reduction
  • Copper catalysts
  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Potassium
  • Solid CO sorbents


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