Steam reforming of biomass based oxygenates - Mechanism of acetic acid activation on supported platinum catalysts.

B. Matas Güell, Igor V. Babych, Kulathuiyer Seshan, Leonardus Lefferts

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The activation of acetic acid during steam reforming reactions over Pt-based catalysts has been probed by decomposing CH3COOD over Pt/C. The product mixture contained CO2, CH4 and its D-analogs (CH4−xDx, 0⩽x⩽4), H2, HD and D2. CO2, CH3D and D2 are typically primary desorption products whereas the rest originate from hydrogen redistribution reactions and H–D exchange. The bifunctional mechanistic pathways suggested earlier [K. Takanabe, K. Aika, K. Seshan, L. Lefferts, J. Catal. 227 (2004) 101–108; K. Takanabe, K.-i. Aika, K. Inazu, T. Baba, K. Seshan, L. Lefferts, J. Catal. 243 (2006) 263–269] for the steam reforming of acetic acid over Pt/ZrO2 are substantiated.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)229-231
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of catalysis
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • Mechanism
  • Acetic acid
  • Steam reforming
  • Catalyst
  • Platinum
  • IR-79103
  • METIS-250573
  • H–D exchange

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