Ni-Co-Cu supported on pseudoboehmite-derived Al 2O 3: Highly efficient catalysts for the hydrogenation of organic functional groups

Tianbao Shi, Hui Li, Lianghong Yao, Weijie Ji*, Chak Tong AU

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Ni-Co-Cu catalysts supported on pseudoboehmite-derived Al 2O 3 were developed for efficient hydrogenation of organic functional groups: CN and NO 2 associated with benzene as well as CC in butynediol. Factors such as thermo-treatment of pseudoboehmite, Ni loading, Cu and Co content, and catalyst operating parameters were systematically studied. Among the catalysts, 20%Ni-3%Cu-5%Co/Al 2O 3 performed the best, showing 100% feed conversion and 84-99.8% selectivity of target products. Techniques such as N 2 sorption measurement, scanning electron microscope, hydrogen temperature-programmed reduction and desorption, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and in situ X-ray diffraction were used to characterize the catalysts. The superior performance of the catalyst can be attributed to synergetic interaction among the Ni-Cu-Co constitutes as well as enhancement of Ni 2+ reduction and Ni 0 dispersion that are resulted due to the co-presence of Cu and Co.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-73
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Catalysis A: General
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2012

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Catalysis
  • Process Chemistry and Technology

User-Defined Keywords

  • Dispersed Ni-Cu-Co catalyst
  • Hydrogenation
  • Nitro, nitrile and alkynyl groups


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