Methanol Synthesis at a Wide Range of H2/CO2 Ratios over a Rh-In Bimetallic Catalyst

Molly Meng Jung Li, Hanbo Zou, Jianwei Zheng, Tai Sing Wu, Ting Shan Chan, Yun Liang Soo, Xin Ping Wu, Xue Qing Gong, Tianyi Chen, Kanak Roy, Georg Held, Shik Chi Edman Tsang

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There is increasing interest in capturing H2 generated from renewables with CO2 to produce methanol. However, renewable hydrogen production is expensive and in limited quantity compared to CO2. Excess CO2 and limited H2 in the feedstock gas is not favorable for CO2 hydrogenation to methanol, causing low activity and poor methanol selectivity. Now, a class of Rh-In catalysts with optimal adsorption properties to the intermediates of methanol production is presented. The Rh-In catalyst can effectively catalyze methanol synthesis but inhibit the reverse water-gas shift reaction under H2-deficient gas flow and shows the best competitive methanol productivity under industrially applicable conditions in comparison with reported values. This work demonstrates a strong potential of Rh-In bimetallic composition, from which a convenient methanol synthesis based on flexible feedstock compositions (such as H2/CO2 from biomass derivatives) with lower energy cost can be established.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16039-16046
Number of pages8
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number37
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sep 2020


  • bimetallic catalysts
  • carbon dioxide
  • hydrogenation
  • methanol synthesis
  • Rh-In

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)


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