Highly Active and Stable Iron FischerTropsch Catalyst for Synthesis Gas Conversion to Liquid Fuels Academic Article uri icon


  • A precipitated iron Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) catalyst (100 Fe/3 Cu/4 K/16 SiO2 on mass basis) was tested in a stirred tank slurry reactor under reaction conditions representative of industrial practice using CO-rich synthesis gas (260 C, 1.5-2.2 MPa, H2/CO = 2/3). Repeatability of performance and reproducibility of catalyst preparation procedure were successfully demonstrated on a laboratory scale. Catalyst productivity was increased by operating at higher synthesis pressure while maintaining a constant contact time in the reactor and through the use of different catalyst pretreatment procedures. In one of the tests (run SA-2186), the catalyst productivity was 0.86 (g hydrocarbons/g Fe/h) at syngas conversion of 79%, methane selectivity of 3% (weight percent of total hydrocarbons produced), and C5+ hydrocarbon selectivity of 83 wt %. This represents a substantial improvement in productivity in comparison to state-of-the-art iron F-T catalysts. This catalyst is ideally suited for production of high-quality diesel fuels and C2-C4 olefins from a coal-derived synthesis gas.

published proceedings

  • Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research

author list (cited authors)

  • Bukur, D. B., & Lang, X.

complete list of authors

  • Bukur, Dragomir B||Lang, Xiaosu

publication date

  • January 1, 1999 11:11 AM