has recently attracted renewed interest because of its potential importance as
a solar fuel. Methanol is also an important bulk chemical that is most
efficiently formed over the industrial Cu/ZnO/Alumina catalyst. The identity of the
active site and, in particular, the role of ZnO as a promoter for this type of catalyst
is still under intense debate. These structural changes that are strongly
dependent on the pretreatment method and reaction conditions have been
observed. A deeper understanding of this dynamic character would be beneficial
for our continued improved of our methanol catalysts.
master project focusses on the exploiting high-resolution transmission electron
microscopy to monitor the dynamic evolution of Cu and ZnO
nanoparticles in methanol synthesis catalysts during operating conditions.
and Stig Helveg