The application of synchrotron methods in characterizing iron and cobalt Fischer–Tropsch synthesis catalysts Academic Article uri icon


  • This article reviews the use of synchrotron radiation techniques to confront issues associated with cobalt and iron catalysts. The main areas that are examined include: (1) the application of TPR-XANES and TPR-EXAFS to gain insight into the hydrogen reduction of cobalt catalysts and the carburization of iron catalysts; (2) the impact of promoters on these reduction/carburization rates; (3) the local atomic structure of promoters and its influence on catalyst selectivity; (4) exploring the deactivation of cobalt catalysts; (5) the influence of crystallite size in stabilizing cobalts catalyst against water effects; and (6) temperature effects in alkali promoted iron catalysts in retaining the iron carbide phase against reoxidation by water. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • Catalysis Today

author list (cited authors)

  • Jacobs, G., Ma, W., Gao, P., Todic, B., Bhatelia, T., Bukur, D. B., & Davis, B. H

citation count

  • 54

complete list of authors

  • Jacobs, Gary||Ma, Wenping||Gao, Pei||Todic, Branislav||Bhatelia, Tejas||Bukur, Dragomir B||Davis, Burtron H

publication date

  • October 2013