Acetic acid steam reforming in a Pd-Ag membrane reactor: The effect of the catalytic bed pattern

A. Basile, F. Gallucci, A. Iulianelli, F. Borgognoni, S. Tosti

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In this experimental work, the acetic acid steam reforming reaction for producing pure hydrogen was studied in a Pd-Ag dense membrane reactor (MR). Two kinds of catalytic bed patterns have been considered: in the first pattern a Ni-based commercial catalyst has been packed inside the membrane lumen while, in the second one both a Ru-based and a Ni-based commercial catalysts have been packed together in the membrane lumen. The experimental tests have been performed in the temperature range 400-450 °C and in the pressure range 1.5-2.5 bar. The results are reported in terms of acetic acid conversion, hydrogen recovery and products selectivities. It has been found that the MR is able to give a rather high acetic acid conversion with a 30-35% hydrogen recovery. Moreover, the second catalytic bed pattern is able to increase the hydrogen production and to decrease the methane production with respect to the first pattern. © 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46 - 52
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Membrane Science
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 20 Mar 2008
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Filtration and Separation
  • Polymers and Plastics

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