Redox cycling of CuFe2O4 supported on ZrO2 and CeO2 for two-step methane reforming/water splitting

Kyoung Soo Kang, Chang Hee Kim, Ki Kwang Bae, Won Chul Cho, Woo Jin Kim, Young Ho Kim, Sung Hyun Kim, Chu Sik Park

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CuFe2O4 supported on ZrO2 and CeO2 for two-step methane reforming was evaluated to determine if it could enhance the reactivity, CO selectivity and thermal stability of CuFe2O4. Two-step methane reforming consists of a syngas production step and a water splitting step. CuFe2O4 supported on ZrO2 and CeO2 was prepared using an aerial oxidation method. Non-isothermal methane reduction was carried out on TGA to compare the reactivity of CuFe2O4/ZrO2 and CuFe2O4/CeO2. In addition, a syngas production step was performed at 900 °C and water splitting was conducted at 800 °C alternatively five times to compare the methane conversion, CO selectivity, cycle ability and hydrogen production by water splitting in a fixed bed reactor. If the 1st syngas production step results are excluded due to over-oxidation, CuFe2O4/ZrO2 and CuFe2O4/CeO2 showed approximately 74.0-82.8% and 60.3-87.5% methane conversion, respectively, and 44.0-47.8% and 65.2-81.5% CO selectivity, respectively. Using CeO2 and ZrO2 as supports effectively improved the reactivity and methane conversion compared to CuFe2O4. CuFe2O4/ZrO2 showed high methane conversion due to the high phase stability and thermal stability of ZrO2 but the selectivity was not improved. After 5 successive cycles, the CeFeO3 phase was found on CuFe2O4/CeO2. Furthermore, methane conversion, CO selectivity and the amounts of hydrogen production of CuFe2O4/CeO2 increased with increasing number of cycles. Additional test up to the 11th cycle on CuFe2O4/CeO2 revealed that CeO2 is a better support that ZnO2 in terms of the reactivity and CO selectivity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)568-576
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jan


  • CO selectivity
  • CuFeO
  • Solar
  • Two-step methane reforming
  • Water splitting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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