In the present work, the catalytic behaviour in the dry reforming of methane on Ni-based Silicalite-1 type catalyst was studied. The Silicalite-1 support has been synthesized in order to check the role of the silanol groups on the overall catalyst performance: methane and carbon dioxide conversion, hydrogen/carbon monoxide ratio and coke deposition. The population of defect groups on the Silicalite-1 surface was modified by aging of the gel, thermal treatment, ionic exchange and silylation procedure. Among these treatments, the silylation of the support surface leads to the formation of smaller and more reducible Ni-oxide species that not only improve the CH 4 and CO 2 conversion but also reduce the deactivation of the catalyst due to coke deposition and the obtained H 2/CO value is 1.04. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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