Re-Co/Al2O3 bimetallic catalysts prepared by mechanical treatment: CO hydrogenation and CH4 conversion

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Re-Co/Al2O3 (M) bimetallic catalysts were prepared by ball milling in a high-energy shaker mill using a WC container and four WC balls. The structure and activity of the Re-Co/Al2O3 (M) are compared to a Re-Co/Al2O3 (IM) sample prepared by the incipient wetness technique. The mechanically treated sample contains disordered, probably partly amorphous metal particles. Heat treatment of the Re-Co/Al2O3 (M) sample was carried out in hydrogen at 450 and 650°C. It affects the crystallinity and the catalytic properties of the metal particles. The rate measured for the CO hydrogenation over Re-Co/Al2O3 (IM) catalyst is significantly higher than that measured over the Re-Co/Al2O3 (M) sample. On the other hand, in the CH4 conversion to higher hydrocarbons, the Re-Co/Al2O3 (M) showed higher activity after treatment at 650 °C. The opposite behavior of the M and IM samples is explained by the changing morphology of the active sites responsible for the two different reactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-243
Number of pages7
JournalCatalysis Today
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 15 2002


  • Activity
  • CH conversion
  • CO hydrogenation
  • Mechanical treatment on Co-Re/AlO
  • Selectivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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