NERSC Initiative for Scientific Exploration (NISE) 2010 Awards
Reaction pathways in methanol steam reformation
Hua Guo, University of New Mexico
Associated NERSC Project: Quantum dynamics of elementary reactions in the gas phase and on surfaces (m627), Principal Investigator: Hua Guo
|NISE Award:||200,000 Hours|
|Award Date:||February 2010|
Methanol steam reforming is a promising process capable of generating hydrogen fuel for mobile fuel cell applications. The current catalyst (Cu/ZnO) has a few undesirable properties such as sintering at high temperatures. A more thermally stable catalyst (PdZn/ZnO) has been discovered recently. This research project is exploring the reaction mechanisms for the steam reforming of methanol on metal surfaces, in collaboration with an experimentalist (A. Datye at UNM). In particular, we are focusing on the initial steps of dissociative adsorption of both H2O and CH3OH on a new alloy (PdZn) catalyst.