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Journal of Chemistry
Volume 2017, Article ID 4361056, 11 pages
Research Article

The Impact of Ce-Zr Addition on Nickel Dispersion and Catalytic Behavior for CO2 Methanation of Ni/AC Catalyst at Low Temperature

Theoretical and Physical Chemistry Division, Faculty of Chemistry, Hanoi National University of Education, Hanoi 1000, Vietnam

Correspondence should be addressed to Minh Cam Le; nv.ude.eunh@mlmac

Received 8 November 2016; Revised 31 January 2017; Accepted 26 February 2017; Published 13 March 2017

Academic Editor: Anton Kokalj

Copyright © 2017 Minh Cam Le 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.


The CO2 methanation was studied over 7 wt.% nickel supported on Ce0.2Zr0.8O2/AC to evaluate the correlation of the structural properties with catalytic performance. The catalysts were investigated in more detail by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). A sample of 7 wt.% nickel loading supported on activated carbon (AC) was also prepared for comparison. The results demonstrated that the ceria-zirconia solid solution phase could disperse and stabilize the nickel species more effectively and resulted in stronger interaction with nickel than the parent activated carbon phase. Therefore, 7% Ni/Ce0.2Zr0.8O2/AC catalyst exhibited higher activity for CO2 reduction than 7% Ni//AC. It can attain 85% CO2 conversion at 350°C and have a CH4 selectivity of 100% at a pressure as low as 1 atm. The high activity of prepared catalysts is attributed to the good interaction between Ni and Ce0.2Zr0.8O2 and the high CO2 adsorption capacity of the activated carbon as well.