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Journal of Zhejiang University SCIENCE A 2008 Vol.9 No.5 P.714-719


Research on ethanol synthesis from syngas

Author(s):  Jie HE, Wen-nan ZHANG

Affiliation(s):  Qingdao Institute of Biomass Energy and Bioprocess Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao 266071, China

Corresponding email(s):   hejie0124@yahoo.com.cn, wennan.zhang@miun.se

Key Words:  Syngas, Catalyst, Ethanol, Biomass, Promoter

Jie HE, Wen-nan ZHANG. Research on ethanol synthesis from syngas[J]. Journal of Zhejiang University Science A, 2008, 9(5): 714-719.

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It is a very fine substitutable energy technology to synthesize ethanol from biomass-derived syngas. This paper summarized the development of preparing ethanol from syngas, and especially elaborated on the research status of catalysts for the process. Based on the relative researches on the reaction mechanism, structure and performance of the catalysts, the optimum design of catalysts with high activity was presented in this review, which set the theoretical and application foundation for the industrial production of ethanol from syngas.

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