Heterogeneous Catalysis

Lab tests on catalysts for process and environmental applications

Heterogeneous catalysis is a dominant field of application, both for process and environmental purposes. Key applications involve reduction of environmental impact of combustion (automotive, biomasses), H2 production (ammonia decomposition, steam and dry reforming, water-gas shift, partial oxidation), H2O2 direct synthesis, photo-catalysis, and carbon production/prevention/oxidation, pharma- and fine chemical synthesis steps.

We can test catalysts’ activity as powders, pellets and monoliths, in our lab-scale rigs, on different combinations of size, flow rates (<2NL/min), temperature (<1000°C) and pressure (<30 bars). Customized protocols for accelerated catalyst aging and poisoning are in use.

On-line analysis is normally provided by GC, MS, FTIR. Both tubular flow and autoclave reactors are available. Either steady-state or transient (batch, feed pulsing, shocks) experiments are carried out.

Combinations with gravimetric techniques allow for adsorption/desorption and carbon formation/oxidation studies.

We also develop custom-based testing rig for specific conditions, outside our set of set-ups.

As a part of the catalytic expertise, we also test transient adsorption/desorption processes, in equilibrium or kinetic regime.


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  • Pacella M., Garbujo A., Fabro J., Guiotto M., Xin Q., Natile M.M., Canu P., Cool P., Glisenti A. PGM-free CuO/LaCoO3 nanocomposites: New opportunities for TWC application. Applied Catalysis B (2018), 227, 446-458. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apcatb.2018.01.053

  • Perin G., Fabro J., Guiotto M., Xin Q., Natile M.M., Cool P., Canu P., Glisenti A. Cu@LaNiO3 based nanocomposites in TWC applications. Applied Catalysis B (2017), 209, 214-227. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apcatb.2017.02.064

  • Garbujo A., Pacella M., Natile M.M., Guiotto M., Fabro J., Canu P., Glisenti A. On A-doping strategy for tuning the TWC catalytic performance of perovskite based catalysts. Applied Catalysis A: General (2017), 544, 94-107. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apcata.2017.07.009