Steam reforming of methanol on Ni/Al2O3 catalyst in a Pd-membrane reactor

Eiichi Kikuchi*, Shou Kawabe, Masahiko Matsukata

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Steam reforming of methanol as a hydrogen producing catalytic reaction was studied in a Pd-membrane reactor. The activities, stabilities, and selectivities of Cu/ZnO, Ni/Al203, and Ru/Al203 catalysts were tested using a conventional fixed-bed flow reactor. Ni/Al203 catalyst showed the most stable activity at 723 K but relatively low hydrogen yield because of methanation. However, the hydrogen-permeable membrane reactor suppressed methanation, and hydrogen yield was enhanced compared with the conventional reactor. The membrane reactor was more efficient at higher temperatures and higher W/F.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-98
Number of pages6
JournalSekiyu Gakkaishi (Journal of the Japan Petroleum Institute)
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Mar 1


  • Hydrogen production
  • Membrane reactor
  • Methanol
  • Palladium membrane
  • Steam reforming

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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