Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 52, Issue 1, pp 314–325 | Cite as

Dual-layered paper-structured catalysts for sequential desulfurization and methane-steam reforming of simulated biogas containing hydrogen sulfide

  • Ayami Saimura
  • Yusuke Shiratori
  • Takuya Kitaoka
Original Paper


Biogas-powered fuel cells that use low-quality biogas produced from organic waste hold a great promise for providing ultra-clean electric energy with on-site power generators. However, natural biogas contains a small amount of H2S, which causes a rapid deactivation of steam-reforming metal catalysts, such as Ni. In this work, we successfully prepared two types of paper-structured catalyst, separately containing manganese oxides (MnO x ) and nickel/magnesium oxides (Ni/MgO), for desulfurization and methane-steam reforming, respectively. In the sequential desulfurization and methane-steam reforming, paper catalyst assembly, designed by stacking MnO x papers upstream and Ni/MgO papers downstream in a dual-layered form, enabled continuous hydrogen production from simulated biogas containing ca. 2000 ppm H2S impurities, whereas single-layered Ni/MgO papers immediately lost their catalytic activity due to the H2S poisoning. This combination of flexible, stackable, and easy-to-handle paper-structured catalysts has the potential to improve the energy efficiency and to process economics of providing hydrogen to biogas-powered fuel-cell systems.


Biogas Desulfurization Ceramic Fiber Weight Hourly Space Velocity Sulfur Capacity 
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This research was supported by the Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS), an international joint research program promoted by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)/Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B: 25289250) from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ayami Saimura
    • 1
  • Yusuke Shiratori
    • 2
  • Takuya Kitaoka
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Agro-Environmental Sciences, Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental SciencesKyushu UniversityFukuokaJapan
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical Engineering, Graduate School of EngineeringKyushu UniversityFukuokaJapan

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