Acta Chimica Sinica ›› 2013, Vol. 71 ›› Issue (02): 205-212.DOI: 10.6023/A12090725 Previous Articles     Next Articles



王自庆, 陈赓, 林建新, 王榕, 魏可镁   

  1. 福州大学 化肥催化剂国家工程研究中心 福建福州 350002
  • 投稿日期:2012-10-11 发布日期:2012-12-18
  • 通讯作者: 林建新
  • 基金资助:

    项目受国家科技支撑计划(No. 2007BAE08B02)和中石油科技创新基金(No. 2010D-5006-0502)资助.

Preparation of Ru/Ba-ZrO2 Catalyst and Its Performance for Ammonia Synthesis

Wang Ziqing, Chen Geng, Lin Jianxin, Wang Rong, Wei Kemei   

  1. National Engineering Research Center of Chemical Fertilizer Catalyst, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou 350002, Fujian, China
  • Received:2012-10-11 Published:2012-12-18
  • Supported by:

    Project supported by the National Key Technology Research and Development Program (No. 2007BAE08B02) and Innovation Fund of China Petroleum Corporation (No. 2010D-5006-0502).

The Ba-doped ZrO2 materials were prepared by three methods and used as support for Ru catalysts for ammonia synthesis, i.e., citric acid sol-gel method (SG), modified co-precipitation (CP) and impregnation method (IP). The certain amount of analytical-grade Zr(NO3)4·5H2O and Ba(NO3)2 were dissolved in deionized water to form a transparent mixed nitrate solution. The citric acid was slowly added into the mixture to form a transparent solution and then heated to 80℃ under vigorous stirring until all the water evaporated and a viscous material was obtained. After calcination at 750℃ for 5 h and a puffy white powder was obtained. This was BZ-SG. The solution of NH3·H2O and K2C2O4·H2O was added dropwise to the mixture solution of Zr(NO3)4·5H2O and Ba(NO3)2 with vigorous stirring, and the obtained white suspension was aged at 60℃ for 60 min. The resulting precipitate was centrifuged and washed with distilled water for several times, and then calcined at 750℃ for 5 h. The obtained white solid was named as BZ-CP. The Zr(OH)4 was prepared by adding the KOH into the Zr(NO3)4·5H2O solution. Then the obtained Zr(OH)4 was baked at 300℃ for 3 h and impregnated with aqueous solution of Ba(NO3)2. After dried at 85℃ for 12 h, the sample was heated at 750℃ for 5 h and obtained the BZ-IP sample. Ruthenium catalysts were prepared by impregnating the supports directly with K2RuO4 solution. After reduction with ethyl alcohol, then was dried at 120℃ for 12 h. The samples with 4 wt% Ru were labeled as RBZ-X (X=SG, CP and IP). The molar ratio of Ba to Zr in all the samples is 1:9. The composites materials and catalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), temperature programmed reduction of H2 (H2-TPR), temperature programmed desorption of CO2 (CO2-TPD), N2 adsorption- desorption isotherms, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and CO chemisorption. The results displayed that the RBZ-SG catalyst showed the highest activity for ammonia synthesis compared to those of RBZ-CP and RBZ-IP. The optimum ammonia concentration over RBZ-SG catalyst is 5.72% under the conditions of 3 MPa, 10000 h-1 and 425℃. This activity is 3.8 and 14.3 times of that of RBZ-CP and RBZ-IP, respectively. Such high activity is mainly resulted from the presence of BaZrO3, which has high electron-donating ability. Mobile electrons would be transferred from BaZrO3 to the Ru metal surface by means of the strong metal-support interaction existed between Ru and reduction BaZrO3, which can facilitate the cleavage of N≡N and enhance the activity for ammonia synthesis sufficiently.

Key words: preparation method, barium, zirconium, ruthenium catalysts, ammonia synthesis