Hydrogen production from glycerol steam reforming over molybdena-alumina catalysts

Gheorghiţa Mitran, Octavian Dumitru Pavel, Mihaela Florea, Daniel G. Mieritz, Dong Seo

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The glycerol steam reforming was investigated on alumina supported molybdena catalysts (with 2, 5 and 12 wt.%) prepared by the sol-gel method and gel combustion. The catalysts were characterized by XRD, BET, UV-VIS, DRIFT, SEM and TEM. The catalytic performances were studied at 400-500°C, steam to glycerol molar ratio between 9:1 and 20:1 and feed flow rate 0.04-0.08 ml/min. The conversion is directly proportional to molybdena loading, while the hydrogen selectivity has reached greater value on catalyst with 2% MoO3. The optimum ratio steam to glycerol for reforming is 15:1 and for decomposition in syngas 9:1 and the ratio 20:1 favors water gas shift reaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-88
Number of pages6
JournalCatalysis Communications
StatePublished - Mar 5 2016


  • Glycerol
  • Hydrogen
  • Molybdena-alumina
  • Steam reforming

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Process Chemistry and Technology


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