Structural reactors of catalytically active materials
We investigate new alloys for structural catalysts that serve as carrier material and simultaneously as catalytically active material in structured reactors. The active catalyst (Raney copper type) develops from the AM manufactured structure by leaching. Thus, geometric restrictions of complex coating processes for catalytic functionalization disappear. The direct generation of the catalytically active material on the carrier structure is expected to show advantages with respect to thermal management. In order to demonstrate the potential of structural catalysts we consider the methanol synthesis.