Cobalt@Silica Core-Shell Catalysts for Hydrogenation of CO/CO2 Mixtures to Methane

Jan Ilsemann, Angela Straß-Eifert, Jens Friedland, Lars Kiewidt, Jorg Thöming, Marcus Bäumer, Robert Güttel*

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COx hydrogenation reactions for hydrocarbon synthesis, such as methane, are becoming more and more important in terms of the energy transition. The formation of the byproduct water leads to a hydrothermal environment, which necessitates stable catalyst materials under harsh reaction conditions. Therefore, novel nanostructured core-shell catalysts are part of scientific discussion, since these materials offer an exceptional resistance against thermal sintering. Here we report on a core-shell catalyst - Co@mSiO2 - for the hydrogenation of CO/CO2 mixtures towards methane. CO methanation experiments reveal a rapid temperature-depended deactivation for temperatures above 350 °C caused by coking and possible blocking of the pores. In comparison to a Co/mSiO2 reference catalyst with the same Co particle size a significantly higher methane selectivity was found for CO2 hydrogenation, which we attribute to the confinement effect of the core-shell structure and therefore a higher probability of CO readsorption. Finally, the simultaneous CO/CO2 co-methanation experiments show a high flexibility of the catalyst materials on different gas feed compositions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4884-4893
Number of pages10
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 7 Oct 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • CO methanation
  • Core-shell catalysts
  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Nanostructures


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