Phases in the Active Liquid Phase Methanol Synthesis Catalyst
An attempt has been made to identify the phases present in the active catalyst for liquid phase methanol synthesis. X-ray powder diffraction was used to identify the phases. Only metallic Cu was detected, while no Cu species was found to be present. A significant amount of ZnCO₃ was found to be present in catalysts which had been subjected to high partial pressures of CO₂. This fact has hitherto not been reported in literature. Some speculations about the effect of ZnCO₃ on the life of the catalyst are made.
A. Sawant et al., "Phases in the Active Liquid Phase Methanol Synthesis Catalyst," Fuel Science and Technology International, Taylor & Francis, Jan 1988.
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