Copper promoted Co/MgO: A stable and efficient catalyst for glycerol steam reforming

Surendar Moogi, Lingaiah Nakka, S. Sai Prasad Potharaju, Ashfaq Ahmed, Abid Farooq, Sang Chul Jung, Gwang Hoon Rhee, Young Kwon Park

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Different types of cobalt-based mixed oxide catalysts (20 wt%Co/MgO, 5 wt%Cu-20 wt% Co/MgO, 20 wt%Co/50%MgO–50%Al2O3) were synthesized by the co-precipitation method and applied for hydrogen production from glycerol steam reforming. The catalysts were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), H2-Temperature-programmed reduction (H2-TPR), CO2-Temperature Programmed desorption, CO-Chemisorption, and CHN techniques. The H2-TPR analysis showed the reducibility of cobalt-oxide (5Cu20CM; 5 wt%Cu-20 wt% Co/MgO) was enhanced by the copper, and reduction profiles of cobalt oxide shifted to a lower temperature (<450 °C). Among the catalysts, 5Cu20CM showed a maximum yield of hydrogen (74.6%) with 100% conversion of glycerol to the gaseous phase. The superior catalytic performance of 5Cu20CM for glycerol conversion was attributed to the smaller particle size (7 nm), higher dispersion of cobalt (35.0%), and the higher surface area (56 m2/g) of cobalt metal. Furthermore, Raman spectroscopy of the spent catalysts confirmed that the copper promoted cobalt-magnesium catalyst suppressed the carbon formation, consequently, 5Cu20CM catalyst showed a stable performance up to 30 h.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18073-18084
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number34
StatePublished - 17 May 2021


  • Cu promoted cobalt oxide catalyst
  • Glycerol steam reforming
  • Hydrogen production


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