Fischer-Tropsch synthesis: Activity of metallic phases of cobalt supported on silica

Muthu Kumaran Gnanamani, Gary Jacobs, Wilson D. Shafer, Burtron H. Davis

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By using different catalyst pretreatments, silica supported cobalt catalysts were activated to produce either hcp or fcc cobalt metal particles, as verified by XRD. H2-TPR and pulse re-oxidation experiments show a higher dispersion of cobalt for the catalyst containing the hcp metallic phase compared to the fcc phase. Cobalt containing hcp metallic phase has shown higher CO conversion on a catalyst weight basis and less methane selectivity compared to fcc containing catalysts under similar reaction conditions. Both hcp and fcc phases of cobalt are stable during the Fischer-Tropsch (FT) synthesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-17
Number of pages5
JournalCatalysis Today
StatePublished - Oct 15 2013

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Commonwealth of Kentucky


  • Fcc cobalt
  • Fischer-Tropsch synthesis
  • Hcp cobalt
  • XRD

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry


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