Fuel Processor Catalysts

Fuel processor coated catalyst components are manufactured for applications requiring reforming of an input fuel (natural gas, LPG/butane, gasoline, methanol) to provide hydrogen for PEMFC stacks.

Fuel processing catalysts

Johnson Matthey is a world leading developer of catalysts and processes for hydrogen generation from a range of feedstocks. The HiFUEL® catalyst range is designed specifically for distributed hydrogen generation systems such as those used in reformate fuel cell applications. The HiFUEL® range includes both base metal and precious metal catalyst solutions for integration into advanced fuel processing concepts.

HiFUEL® catalysts complement Johnson Matthey’s HiSPEC® range of fuel cell catalysts and MEAs.

HiFUEL® Base Metal CatalystsHiFUEL® Precious Metal Catalysts
Water Gas Shift
H2S removal
Water Gas Shift
Selective oxidation
BenefitsHigh activity / unit volume
High geometric surface areas
Shapes suited to compact reactor designs
Fuel flexibility
High activity
Durable coatings on supports tailored to reactor design


Fuel processors generate a hydrogen rich reformate feed for the fuel cell from readily available hydrocarbons such as natural gas, LPG, methanol and gasoline. This is achieved by reacting the fuel with steam, air or a combination of the two.

The reformate stream contains contaminants such as trace hydrocarbons, sulphur compounds and carbon monoxide, which can be detrimental to the performance and lifetime of the fuel cell. The amount of gas clean-up needed depends on the fuel cell type, with high temperature fuel cells requiring less pre-processing than low temperature fuel cells.

Fuel Processing Catalysts

Please contact us at HiFUEL.coatedcatalysts@matthey.com for further details.



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