A comparative study of 10 wt% Co-based catalysts supported on La2O3, AlZnOx and AlLaOx was performed for glycerol steam reforming (GSR). The catalysts physicochemical char-acterization was done through several techniques. All catalysts were screened in terms of catalytic activity and time-on-stream stability for GSR. The catalytic activity experiments aimed to assess the effect of temperature (400-700 degrees C) on the glycerol conversion and yield of gaseous products (H2, CO2, CO and CH4). Additionally, catalytic stability experiments were conducted at 625 degrees C to investigate deactivation of the catalysts, in which a drop in the activity was observed, especially for Co/La2O3. The glycerol conversion into gaseous products as a function of the time-on-stream was more affected for all catalysts in com-parison to total glycerol conversion, being this effect assigned to the increase in the for-mation of liquid products and to the formation of coke. CoAlLaOx was observed to be more carbon-resistant, followed by CoAlZnOx, through the measurement of the quantity of carbonaceous species formed during the GSR experiments. A NiAlLaOx catalyst was also prepared and assessed in terms of catalytic stability for GSR; a stable behavior was observed throughout all experiment in relation to glycerol conversion into gaseous prod-ucts and H2 yield.
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