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Journal of Nanotechnology
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 573287, 6 pages
Research Article

Reforming of Ethanol to Produce Hydrogen over PtRuMg/ZrO2 Catalyst

1Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Chung Cheng Institute of Technology, National Defense University, Tahsi, Taoyuan 33509, Taiwan
2Fuel Cell Center, Yuan Ze University, Taoyuan 32003, Taiwan
3Department of Mechanical Engineering, Yuan Ze University, Taoyuan 32003, Taiwan
4Graduate School of Renewable Energy and Engineering, Yuan Ze University, Taoyuan 32003, Taiwan

Received 15 March 2012; Accepted 24 April 2012

Academic Editor: Shrikrishna D. Sartale

Copyright © 2012 Josh Y. Z. Chiou 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.


A modified PtRu/ZrO2 catalyst with Mg is evaluated for the oxidative steam reforming of ethanol (OSRE) and the steam reforming of ethanol (SRE). In order to understand the variation in the reaction mechanism on OSRE and SRE, further analysis of both fresh and used catalyst is concentrated on for TEM, TG, Raman, and TPR characterization. The results show that the OSRE reaction requires a higher temperature ( 𝑇 𝑅 ∼ 3 9 0 °C) to achieve 100% ethanol conversion than the SRE reaction ( 𝑇 𝑅 ∼ 2 5 0 0 °C). The distribution of CO is minor for both reactions (< 5% for OSRE, < 1% for SRE). This demonstrates that the water gas shift (WGS) reaction is an important side-reaction in the reforming of ethanol to produce H2 and CO2. A comparison of the temperature of WGS ( 𝑇 W G S ) shows it is lower for the SRE reaction ( 𝑇 W G S ∼ 2 5 0 °C for SRE, ~340°C for OSRE).