Imperial College London

Prof Milo Shaffer

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Chemistry

Professor of Materials Chemistry



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Mr John Murrell +44 (0)20 7594 2845




M221Royal College of ScienceSouth Kensington Campus






BibTex format

author = {Garcia, Trenco A and White, E and Shaffer, M and Williams, CK},
doi = {10.1039/C5CY01994J},
journal = {Catalysis Science & Technology},
pages = {4389--4397},
title = {A one-step Cu/ZnO Quasi-Homogeneous Catalyst for DME Production from Syn-gas},
url = {},
volume = {6},
year = {2016}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - A simple one-pot synthetic method allows the preparation of hybrid catalysts, based on colloidal Cu/ZnO nanoparticles(NPs), used for the liquid phase synthesis of DME from syngas. The method obviates the high temperature calcinations andpre-reduction treatments typically associated with such catalysts. The hybrid catalysts are applied under typicalindustrially relevant conditions. The nature of the hybrid catalysts, the influence of the acid component, mass ratiobetween components, and Cu/Zn composition are assessed. The best catalysts comprise a colloidal mixture of Cu/ZnONPs, as the methanol synthesis component, and -Al2O3, as the methanol dehydration component. These catalysts showhigh DME selectivity (65-70 %C). Interestingly, the activity (relative to Cu content) is up to three times higher than that forthe reference hybrid catalyst based on the commercial Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 methanol synthesis catalyst. The hybrid catalysts arestable for at least 20 h time-on-stream, not showing any significant sintering of the Cu0phase. Post-catalysis,TEM/EDXshows that the hybrid catalysts consist of Cu0and ZnO NPs with an average size of 5-7 nm with -Al2O3 particles in closeproximity.
AU - Garcia,Trenco A
AU - White,E
AU - Shaffer,M
AU - Williams,CK
DO - 10.1039/C5CY01994J
EP - 4397
PY - 2016///
SN - 2044-4753
SP - 4389
TI - A one-step Cu/ZnO Quasi-Homogeneous Catalyst for DME Production from Syn-gas
T2 - Catalysis Science & Technology
UR -
UR -
VL - 6
ER -