Progress of Cryogenics and Isotopes Separation , ISSN: 1582-2575
2014, Volume 17, Issue 1

Carbon Monoxide  Retention for Fuel Cell Application Using Heterogeneous Catalysts

Adriana Marinoiu * , Elena Carcadea , Irina Petreanu , Claudia Sisu , Mircea Raceanu , Catalin Capris , Vasile Tanislav , Dorin Schitea , Daniela Ebrașu , Laurentiu Patularu

National Research and Development Institute for Cryogenics and Isotopic Technologies - ICSI Rm. Valcea, Uzinei Street no. 4, PO Box Râureni 7, 240050, Râmnicu Vâlcea, Romania

*Corresponding author: Adriana Marinoiu, E-mail:

Published: May 2014


The removal of carbon monoxide is a practical method that can have  a great potential for reducing concentrations down to tolerant levels.

In this study we present our results regarding the preparation of hopcalite catalysts by a new method, a combination from precipitation and redox method. The samples were investigated using micro activity equipment, for carbon monoxide oxidation in different reaction conditions (temperature in range 25-80 C, pressure 0.2-1 bar, various initial CO concentrations). The experiments showed that the CO conversion is increasing with pressure increasing and temperature decreasing. Also, the incorporation of potassium as a promoter to hopcalite was found to have a significant influence on the CO adsorption.

The prepared hopcalite catalyst exhibited steady performance in the micro activity reactor and showed over 80% CO conversion after 60 hours, reducing CO content down to residual contents. After 72 hours the performances decreases steadily to about 50%.


CO retention, hopcalite,  fuel cell.

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