Methanol Synthesis of Heterogeneous Catalytic Carbon Dioxide Hydrogenation
The foremost aim is to design and implement two bench scale reactors, a continuous tubular reactor and a discontinuous batch reactor, for carbon dioxide hydrogenation reactions. After successful implementation of those reactors different catalyst systems and reaction conditions are investigated for methanol synthesis.
The ecological impact of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere necessitates a reduction of CO2 emissions and demands utilization strategies. Hydrogenation processes may contribute to reduction of CO2 emissions, and furthermore can be used in energy storage to raise the energy density of H2 based energy carriers by one order of magnitude. Due to thermodynamic stability of CO2 large scale hydrogenation needs robust catalysts with sufficient activity at moderate reaction conditions, which are easy to prepare, easy to recycle, and stable for long term usage.