Self-sustained electrochemical promotion catalysts for partial oxidation reforming of heavy hydrocarbons

Zedong Wang, Hao Huang, Hongtan Liu, Xiangyang Zhou

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This paper presents a new self-sustained electrochemical promotion (SSEP) catalyst. The SSEP catalyst consists of microscopic selective anodic (Ni-Cu-CeO 2) and cathodic (La 0.9Sr 0.1MnO 3) phases that are coupled via microscopic oxygen ion conduction (yttria-stabilized zirconia, YSZ) and electronic conduction (Ni-Cu) phases. A series of partial oxidation reforming (POXR) tests on n-pentadecane in the temperature range between 450 and 650 °C were conducted in order to verify the effect of SSEP. The SSEP catalyst was compared with non-SSEP catalysts in short of one or more components. The performance of the SSEP catalyst was better than that of the non-SSEP catalysts in the entire temperature range. At 450 and 500 °C, the fuel conversion and yield of the SSEP catalysts were respectively 2-4 folds and hundreds of folds better than those of the non-SSEP catalysts and a commercial Pt-CeO 2 catalyst under the same operation conditions. These results demonstrate that the concept of SSEP catalysts can be employed to improve catalytic POXR of heavy hydrocarbons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17928-17935
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number23
StatePublished - Dec 2012


  • Catalysts
  • Electrochemical promotion
  • Heavy hydrocarbon
  • Partial oxidation reforming

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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