Glycerol aqueous phase reforming (APR) produces hydrogen and interesting compounds at relatively mild temperatures. Among APR catalysts investigated in literature, little attention has been given to Pt supported on TiO2. Therefore, herein we propose an innovative titania support which can be obtained through an optimized microemulsion technique. This procedure provided high surface area titania nanospheres, with a peculiar high density of weak acidic sites. The material was tested in the catalytic glycerol APR after Pt deposition. A mechanism hypothesis was drawn, which evidenced the pathways giving the main products. When compared with a commercial TiO2 support, the synthetized titania provided higher hydrogen selectivity and glycerol conversion thanks to improved catalytic activity and ability to prompt consecutive dehydrogenation reactions. This was correlated to an enhanced cooperation between Pt nanoparticles and the acid sites of the support.

Microemulsion Derived Titania Nanospheres: An Improved Pt Supported Catalyst for Glycerol Aqueous Phase Reforming

Fasolini, A
Primo
;
Lombardi, E
Secondo
;
Tabanelli, T
Penultimo
;
Basile, F
Ultimo
2021

Abstract

Glycerol aqueous phase reforming (APR) produces hydrogen and interesting compounds at relatively mild temperatures. Among APR catalysts investigated in literature, little attention has been given to Pt supported on TiO2. Therefore, herein we propose an innovative titania support which can be obtained through an optimized microemulsion technique. This procedure provided high surface area titania nanospheres, with a peculiar high density of weak acidic sites. The material was tested in the catalytic glycerol APR after Pt deposition. A mechanism hypothesis was drawn, which evidenced the pathways giving the main products. When compared with a commercial TiO2 support, the synthetized titania provided higher hydrogen selectivity and glycerol conversion thanks to improved catalytic activity and ability to prompt consecutive dehydrogenation reactions. This was correlated to an enhanced cooperation between Pt nanoparticles and the acid sites of the support.
Fasolini, A; Lombardi, E; Tabanelli, T; Basile, F
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