Hydrogenation of carbon monoxide over alkali metal-graphite intercalates. Reaction selectivity and catalyst deactivation characteristics Academic Article uri icon


  • Alkali metal-graphite intercalates, NaC64 and KC8, and an iron-containing potassium-graphite (4.5 wt% Fe) possess large adsorption capacities for carbon monoxide and exhibit high initial activities for CO hydrogenation at 300 C and 1 atm pressure. Primary hydrocarbon products obtained over sodium-graphite include both paraffins and olefins, while the product distributions over both potassium-based intercalates are limited to saturated hydrocarbons, primarily C1C3, due to the olefin hydrogenation capabilities of these materials. Carbon dioxide generation by a shift reaction is prevented in all cases by the immediate and continuous removal of by-product water via interaction with intercalated alkali metal species. The latter process causes a complete and irreversible loss of catalytic activity after a cumulative conversion that, for KC8, is equivalent to one CO molecule per three interlamellar potassium atoms/ions, suggesting a lack of interlayer penetration by CO rectant. In the case of iron-containing potassium-graphite, no residual hydrogenation activity ascribable to the transition metal component remained following total destruction of intercalated potassium. Adsorption and subsequent reaction of carbon monoxide over all of these materials apparently occurs on sites associated with intercalated alkali metal species located primarily along the exposed edges of graphitic planes. 1979.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Catalysis

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citation count

  • 18

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publication date

  • February 1979