Improvements in hydrogen production from methane dry reforming on filament-shaped mesoporous alumina-supported cobalt nanocatalyst

Ngoc Thang Tran, Thong Le Minh Pham, Trinh Duy Nguyen, Nguyen Van Cuong, Tan Ji Siang, Pham T.T. Phuong, A. A. Jalil, Quang Duc Truong, Sumaiya Zainal Abidin, Ftwi Y. Hagos, Sonil Nanda, Dai Viet N. Vo*

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The mesoporous gamma-alumina (γ-Al2O3) synthesized via evaporation-induced self-assembly method (EISA) using inorganic salt, Al(NO3)3·9H2O precursor and water-ethanol solvent mixture was implemented as a support for Co catalyst in methane dry reforming at 973–1073 K under 1 atm. The γ-Al2O3 support possessed filament-shaped morphology with surface area of 173.4 m2 g−1 and cobalt nanoparticles were successfully dispersed on support with small crystallite size of 7.8 nm. The stability of 10%Co/Al2O3 was evident for CH4 and CO2 conversions at 1023 and 1073 K. CH4 conversion could reach to 76.2% while 81.6% was observed for CO2 conversion at 1073 K. Although graphitic and amorphous carbons were unavoidably formed on used catalyst, 10%Co/Al2O3 exhibited an outstanding performance comparable to noble metals with the desired ratio of H2/CO for downstream Fischer-Tropsch process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24781-24790
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number48
Publication statusPublished - Jul 13 2021


  • Cobalt catalyst
  • Hydrogen
  • Mesoporous alumina
  • Methane dry reforming
  • Syngas

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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