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Applications of catalyst characterization in alternative fuels research using in-situ spectroscopic techniques

Gary Jacobs, CFC Group
University of KY, CAER
Lexington, KY

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 3:00 pm
Ben Bandy Conference Room
UK Center for Applied Energy Research
Lexington, KY


In-situ spectroscopic characterization is important for developing insight into the structure-function relationships of catalysts used in the conversion of fossil and bio-derived resources to alternative fuels.

In this presentation, we will examine how in-situ x-ray absorption techniques and infrared spectroscopic methods were used to develop insight into working catalysts used for three different applications: (1) Fischer-Tropsch synthesis used in the conversion of synthesis gas to transportation fuels; (2) low temperature water-gas shift for the production/purification of hydrogen for fuel cell applications, and (3) alcohol steam reforming for the conversion of chemical carriers of hydrogen.