Low temperature ethanol steam reforming in a Pd-Ag membrane reactor. Part 1: Ru-based catalyst

S. Tosti, A. Basile, F. Borgognoni, V. Capaldo, S. Cordiner, S. Di Cave, F. Gallucci, C. Rizzello, A. Santucci, E. Traversa

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The ethanol steam reforming has been carried out in a membrane reactor consisting of a Ru-based catalyst bed packed into a thin wall Pd-Ag permeator tube produced via cold-rolling and diffusion welding of metal foils. The experimental tests have been performed in the temperature range 400-450 °C with the aim of studying the performances of the membrane reactor in terms of hydrogen yields. The main investigated operating parameters have concerned the water/ethanol feed molar ratio (8.4-13.0), the pressure inside the membrane (150-200 kPa), the sweep gas mode (co-current and counter-current) and the spatial velocity. In all the tests, ultra pure hydrogen has been separated through the Pd-Ag membrane: especially, operating at 450 °C and 200 kPa, a hydrogen yield higher than 80% has been produced thus demonstrating the membrane ability of promoting the reaction conversion (shift effect). © 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)250 - 257
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Membrane Science
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2008
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Filtration and Separation
  • Polymers and Plastics

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Tosti, S., Basile, A., Borgognoni, F., Capaldo, V., Cordiner, S., Di Cave, S., ... Traversa, E. (2008). Low temperature ethanol steam reforming in a Pd-Ag membrane reactor. Part 1: Ru-based catalyst. Journal of Membrane Science, 308(1-2), 250 - 257. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.memsci.2007.10.001