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Journal of Catalysts
Volume 2013, Article ID 942145, 7 pages
Research Article

Novel Ni-Co-Mo-K Catalysts Supported on Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes for Higher Alcohols Synthesis

1Faculty of Science & Engineering, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON, Canada M3J 1P3
2Catalysis and Chemical Reaction Engineering Laboratories, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada S7N 5A9

Received 25 December 2012; Revised 19 February 2013; Accepted 19 February 2013

Academic Editor: Valeria La Parola

Copyright © 2013 Venkateswara Rao Surisetty et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Alkali-promoted Ni-Co-Mo catalysts supported on multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were prepared using 9 wt% K, 4.5 wt% Co, and 15 wt% Mo, whereas Ni content was varied from 0 to 6 wt%. The catalysts were extensively characterized and studied for higher alcohols synthesis from synthesis gas. Alkali-promoted trimetallic catalyst with 3 wt% Ni showed the highest total alcohols yield of 0.284 gm/(gm of cat./h), ethanol selectivity of 20%, and higher alcohols selectivity of 32% at 330°C and 9.0 MPa using gas hourly space velocity (GHSV) of 3.8 m3 (STP)/kg of catalyst/h and H2 to CO molar ratio of 1.25.