Table 1: Conversion and product distribution for the reaction of ethyl alcohol and steam over various catalys t . a

CatalystConversion (%)Composition ( % ) b
H 2 CO C O 2 C H 4 C 2 H 4 C 3 H 6 C H 3 C H O C H 3 C O C H 3

Pd95.434.933.331.2 0.7
I n 2 O 3 79.221.7 4.159.1 0.6 6.2 8.3
Pd/ I n 2 O 3 c 97.862.112.3 0.9 2.921.8

a R e a c t i o n conditions: C 2 H 5 O H H 2 O N 2 = 0 . 5 2 . 0 9 7 . 5  (molar ratio), N 2 flow rate = 50 mL m i n 1 , reaction time = 10 h, reaction temperature = 573 K. b M o l a r percentage of products (water not included). c P d loading of Pd/ I n 2 O 3 = 5.0 wt.%