Pyrolyzing ZIF-8 to N-doped porous carbon facilitated by iron and potassium for CO2 hydrogenation to value-added hydrocarbons

Junhui Liu, Yanwei Sun, Xiao Jiang, Anfeng Zhang, Chunshan Song, Xinwen Guo

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The iron-based catalysts derived from modified ZIF-8 were prepared, characterized, and applied to CO2 hydrogenation reaction. The addition of iron and iron/potassium evidently tuned the pyrolysis behavior by forming carbon encapsulated iron nanoparticles and metal nanoparticles inserted hollow sphere, respectively. FeZn-NC and FeZnK-NC exhibited high activity with 29.3% and 34.6% CO2 conversion, respectively. More importantly, the selectivity to value-added hydrocarbons (i.e., C2-C4 = and C5+), which are of great importance to chemical industry and energy, was prominent over these two catalysts, and higher than 54 C-mol%. The FeZn-NC with carbon-encapsulated iron nanoparticles showed a remarkable stability for 126 h on stream, suggesting a promising prospect for industrial application.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)120-127
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of CO2 Utilization
StatePublished - May 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Process Chemistry and Technology


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