The modification of Gd2O3 with BaO for the oxidative coupling of methane reactions

Chak Tong AU*, K. D. Chen, C. F. Ng

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It was found that BaO could significantly improve the catalytic performance of Gd2O3 for the OCM reaction. For the 30 mol% BaO/Gd2O3 catalyst at 750°C, with CH4:O2:N2=2.5:1.0:11.4 and contact time=0.6 g s ml-1, the CH4 conversion, C2 selectivity and C2 yield stayed at around 32%, 54%, and 17%, respectively, within a reaction time of 40 h. The results of XRD studies indicated that ionic substitution between Ba2+ and Gd3+ ions had occurred during the preparation of the BaO/ Gd2O3 catalysts as well as in the OCM reaction. TPR, O2-TPD, O2-pulse, and Raman results showed that such ionic substitution could lead to an increase in the amount of oxygen adsorbed on the BaO/Gd2O3 catalysts. We observed that at 750°C both mono-oxygen and di-oxygen species could react with methane, but the O2-2 species was more suitable for forming C2 hydrocarbons. Based on the XRD, XPS, and Raman results, we know that barium oxide was transformed to BaCO3 during the OCM reaction. The combined results of CO2-TPD and Raman investigations suggested that there were BaCO3 decomposition and regeneration in the OCM reaction, and O2-2 species were formed as a result of O2 interaction with the O2- species generated in BaCO3 decomposition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-92
Number of pages12
JournalApplied Catalysis A: General
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 25 May 1998

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Catalysis
  • Process Chemistry and Technology

User-Defined Keywords

  • BaO
  • GdO catalyst
  • Methane
  • Modification
  • Oxidative coupling


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