A dense Pd/Ag membrane reactor for methanol steam reforming: Experimental study

A. Basile, F. Gallucci, L. Paturzo

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This paper focuses on an experimental study of the methanol steam reforming (MSR) reaction. A dense Pd/Ag membrane reactor (MR) has been used, and its behaviour has been compared to the performance of a traditional reactor (TR) packed with the same catalyst type and amount. The parameters investigated are reaction time, temperature, feed ratio and sweep gas flow rate. The few papers dealing with MR applications for the MSR reaction mainly analyse the effect of temperature and pressure on the reaction system. The investigation of new parameters permitted to better understand how the fluid-dynamics of the MR influences the hydrogen separation effect on methanol conversion and product selectivity. The comparison between MR and TR in terms of methanol conversion shows that the MR gives a higher performance than the TR at each operating condition investigated. Concerning hydrogen production, the experiments have shown that the overall selectivity towards hydrogen is identical for both MR and TR. However, the MR produces a free-CO hydrogen stream, which could be useful for direct application in proton exchange membrane fuel cells. A comparison, in terms of methanol conversion versus temperature, with literature data is also included. © 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. 10.1016/j.cattod.2005.03.066
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)244-250
JournalCatalysis Today
Issue number2-4
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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