Reaction Kinetics and Catalysis Letters

, Volume 66, Issue 2, pp 217–223 | Cite as

An investigation of chain growth probability in Fischer-Tropsch synthesis over an industrial Fe−Cu−K catalyst

  • Wen-Ping Ma
  • Yu-Long Zhao
  • Yong-Wang Li
  • Yuan-Yuan Xu
  • Jing-Lai Zhou


The chain growth probability of Fischer-Tropsch synthesis (FTS) was investigated on the basis of data from a set of experiments over an industrial coprecipitated Fe−Cu−K catalyst developed by the Institute of Coal Chemistry (China). The experimental results show that the ASF chain growth probability (α) depends on operation conditions, temperature (T) and H2/CO ratio in the feed. α decreases with T or H2/CO feed ratio increasing. The experimental results also show that chain growth probabilities of hydrocarbons are not constant, but a function of carbon number. This deviation from ASF assumption is further discussed.


Fischer-Tropsch synthesis Fe−Cu−K catalyst Chain growth probability Olefin readsorption 


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© Akadémiai Kiadó 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wen-Ping Ma
    • 1
  • Yu-Long Zhao
    • 1
  • Yong-Wang Li
    • 1
  • Yuan-Yuan Xu
    • 1
  • Jing-Lai Zhou
    • 1
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Coal Conversion, Institute of Coal ChemistryChinese Academy of ScienceTaiyuan, ShanxiChina

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