Document Type : Regular Article
Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences, University of Sistan and Baluchestan, P. O. BOX 98135-674, Zahedan, Iran.
aDepartment of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences, University of Sistan and Baluchestan,Zahedan, Iran
Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Sistan and Baluchestan, P.O. Box 98164-161, Zahedan, Iran
Using wet impregnation method, a novel ternary system of silica supported Fe-Co-Ce catalyst was prepared. Preparation conditions such as impregnation time and temperature, drying time and temperature, were optimized by the L9 Taguchi experimental design to achieve a light olefin selective catalyst with maximum CO conversion in a fixed bed micro-reactor. It was found that the best conditions to maximize the responses were obtained at 4h impregnation time, 60°C impregnation temperature, 6h drying time, 90°C drying temperature and 350°C of reaction’s temperature. Characterization of the optimal catalyst precursors and calcined samples before, and after the Fischer-Tropsch reaction was carried out using various techniques.