Topics in Catalysis

, Volume 22, Issue 3–4, pp 319–324

The Preparation and Characterisation of Pd–ZnO Catalysts for Methanol Synthesis


DOI: 10.1023/A:1023596524663

Cite this article as:
Kim, CH., Lee, J.S. & Trimm, D. Topics in Catalysis (2003) 22: 319. doi:10.1023/A:1023596524663


The preparation and characterisation of Pd–ZnO catalysts for the synthesis of methanol from carbon dioxide and hydrogen has been examined. Calcination and reduction temperatures have been shown to have a major effect on conversion and selectivity in the system. Extensive characterisation shows the catalyst performance is associated with ZnO islands on a Pd interface, best prepared by depositionprecipitation. Reduction or calcination at high temperatures leads to the formation of a Pd–Zn alloy and to loss of performance.

Pd–ZnO catalysts methanol carbon dioxide hydrogen 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Chemical EngineeringPohang University of Science and TechnologyPohangKorea
  2. 2.School of Chemical Engineering and Industrial ChemistryUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

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