Effects of current upon electrochemical catalytic reforming of anisole

Jai-xing Xiong, Tao Kan, Xing-long Li, Tong-qi Ye, Quan-xin Li

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The reforming of anisole (as model compound of bio-oil) was performed over the NiCuZn-Al₂O₃catalyst, using a recently-developed electrochemical catalytic reforming (ECR). The influence of the current on the anisole reforming in the ECR process has been investigated. It was observed that anisole reforming was significantly enhanced by the current approached over the catalyst in the electrochemical catalytic process, which was due to the non-uniform temperature distribution in the catalytic bed and the role of the thermal electrons originating from the electrified wire. The maximum hydrogen yield of 88.7% with a carbon conversion of 98.3% was obtained through the ECR reforming of anisole at 700 °C and 4 A. X-ray diffraction was employed to characterize catalyst features and their alterations in the anisole reforming. The apparent activation energy for the anisole reforming is calculated as 99.54 kJ/mol, which is higher than ethanol, acetic acid, and light fraction of bio-oil. It should owe to different physical and chemical properties and reforming mechanism for different hydrocarbons.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)693-700
Number of pages8
JournalChinese Journal of Chemical Physics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Anisole
  • Electrochemical catalytic reforming
  • Hydrogen
  • NiCuZn-Al₂O₃

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