Ultra-stable porous yolk-shell Ni catalysts for the steam reforming of methane with alkali poisoning

Kyung Won Jeon, Jin Koo Kim, Beom Jun Kim, Won Jun Jang, Yun Chan Kang, Hyun Seog Roh

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Hydrogen, a clean energy carrier, can be produced from renewable sources such as biomass and waste, but it is needed to develop new catalysts with high resistance against impurities. Ni/Al2O3 yolk-shell catalysts were prepared by different procedure for the steam reforming of methane reaction with alkali poisoning. Yolk-shell (ys) and porous yolk-shell (pys) materials were synthesized using a spray pyrolysis process. The physicochemical and structural properties of the prepared catalysts on the reaction performance and alkali resistance were investigated. All the yolk-shell catalysts exhibited high resistance to carbon deposition. The Ni/pys-Al2O3 catalyst showed the highest CH4 conversion and the best stability at a gas hourly space velocity of 932,492 mL·g−1·h−1 even upon exposure to alkali hydroxide vapor. It also showed strong resistance to sintering, whereas the structures of the ys-Ni-Al2O3 and Ni/ys-Al2O3 catalysts were relatively degraded under the same conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number140060
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Feb 15

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIT) (No. 2022R1A4A1029632 and 2022R1C1C2006228).

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© 2022 Elsevier B.V.


  • Alkali resistance
  • Carbon deposition
  • Ni/AlO catalysts
  • Porous yolk-shell
  • Steam reforming of methane

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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