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Fischer-tropsch activity for "non-promoted" cobalt-on-alumina catalysts

United States Patent Application

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Cobalt catalysts, and processes employing these inventive catalysts, for hydrocarbon synthesis. The inventive catalyst comprises cobalt on an alumina support and is not promoted with any noble or near noble metals. In one aspect of the invention, the alumina support preferably includes a dopant in an amount effective for increasing the activity of the inventive catalyst. The dopant is preferably a titanium dopant. In another aspect of the invention, the cobalt catalyst is preferably reduced in the presence of hydrogen at a water vapor partial pressure effective to increase the activity of the cobalt catalyst for hydrocarbon synthesis. The water vapor partial pressure is preferably in the range of from 0 to about 0.1 atmospheres.
Singleton, Alan H. (Baden, PA), Oukaci, Rachid (Gibsonia, PA), Goodwin, James G. (Cranberry Township, PA)
Energy International Corporation (135 William Pitt Way Pittsburgh PA 15238)
09/ 742,873
December 20, 2000
[0002] The government of the United States of America has rights to this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC22-92 PC9208 awarded by the U.S. Department of energy.