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The Role of the Oxide Component in the Development of Copper Composite Catalysts for Methanol Synthesis


  • Edith Kitzelmann (XRD measurements), Achim Klein-Hoffmann and Olaf Timpe (XRF), Gisela Lorenz (BET measurements) and Nygil Thomas (help with catalytic measurements) are acknowledged. Financial support was given by Clariant Produkte (Deutschland) GmbH and the Bayerisches Wissenschaftsministerium (NW-0810-0002, since 2010). We thank Martin Muhler and Graham J. Hutchings for fruitful discussions.


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The design of solid catalysts for industrial processes remains a major challenge in synthetic materials chemistry. Based on the investigation of the industrial Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 catalyst, a modular concept is introduced that helps to develop novel methanol synthesis catalysts that operate in different feed gas mixtures. SA=surface area, SMSI=strong metal–support interaction.

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