Enhanced catalytic performances of Ni/Al2O3 catalyst via addition of V2O3 for CO methanation

Qing Liu, Fangna Gu*, Xiaopeng Lu, Youjun Liu, Huifang Li, Ziyi Zhong, Guangwen Xu, Fabing Su

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

115 Scopus citations


Highly active and coking resistant Ni-V2O3/Al2O3 catalysts were prepared by co-impregnation method for CO and CO2 methanation. The influence of vanadium oxide addition on catalyst structure, distribution and reducibility of Ni species, morphology and surface characteristics, was investigated in detail. Compared to the catalyst without vanadium, the Ni-V2O3/Al2O3 catalysts showed significant improvement in the activity, thermal stability, and resistance to coke formation in CO methanation. In addition, these catalysts also showed high activities for CO2 methanation at both atmospheric and 2.0 MPa pressures. It was found that Ni3V2O8 was formed during the calcination of the Ni-V2O3/Al2O3 catalysts, which led to the formation of smaller Ni particle sizes (ca. 3.0 nm) as compared to the case without vanadium oxide addition. The higher catalytic activity over the Ni-V2O3/Al2O3 catalysts for CO methanation was mainly due to the larger H2 uptake, the higher Ni dispersion as well as the smaller metallic Ni nanoparticles. The oxidation-reduction cycle of V2O3 could increase the oxygen vacancies, which enhanced the dissociation of CO2 by-product and generated surface oxygen intermediates, thus preventing carbon deposition on the Ni particles in CO methanation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-47
Number of pages11
JournalApplied Catalysis A: General
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • CO methanation
  • CO methanation
  • Ni/AlO catalyst
  • NiVO
  • Vanadium oxide


Dive into the research topics of 'Enhanced catalytic performances of Ni/Al2O3 catalyst via addition of V2O3 for CO methanation'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this