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A mini review of cobalt-based nanocatalyst in Fischer-Tropsch synthesis

  • Author(s): Qi, Z
  • Chen, L
  • Zhang, S
  • Su, J
  • Somorjai, GA
  • et al.

Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) synthesis, converting syngas to hydrocarbons, provides a green alternative for fuel production. Cobalt is one of the most intensively studied F-T catalysts due to its great activity, high stability, and relatively low cost. In this mini review, we summarized some recent advancements in the development of cobalt-based F-T catalysts focusing on the effects of particle size, surface oxidation states, crystallography, and bimetallic particles, with emphasis on the research from our group. Furthermore, non-steady state conditions were investigated to access the initial kinetics using chemical transient kinetics (CTK) experiments, which could bring more insights into the reaction mechanism and catalyst design.

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