Topics in Catalysis

, Volume 22, Issue 3–4, pp 319–324 | Cite as

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

  • Cheol-Hyun Kim
  • Jae Sung Lee
  • D.L. TrimmEmail author


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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