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Tuning zeolite properties for highly efficient synthesis of propylene from methanol

Palčić, Ana; Ordomsky, Vitaly V.; Qin, Zhengxing; Georgieva, Veselina; Valtchev, Valentin (2018) Tuning zeolite properties for highly efficient synthesis of propylene from methanol. Chemistry - A European Journal, 24 . pp. 13136-13149. ISSN 0947-6539

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Series of nanosized ZSM-5 samples is synthesized at 170 °C, 150 °C, 120 °C and 100 °C. Experimental data show that the decrease of crystallization temperature leads to significant changes in zeolite properties. Crystals synthesized at 100 °C exhibit many framework defects with lower acid sites density, strength and larger external surface area. The selectivity to light olefins and the propylene-to-ethylene ratio increases as the crystallization temperature decreases. Propylene-to-ethylene ratio above 6 with the highest selectivity to propylene of 53 % is obtained over ZSM-5 catalyst prepared at 100 °C. Stability of the nanosized zeolite in MTO is also improved compared to industrial sample with similar Si/Al ratio. This catalytic performance is a result of the decrease in the acid sites density, strength and the crystals’ size, providing shorter diffusion path and larger external surface area. The presence of structural defects and different external surface are of the crystals has been shown to play an important role in the MTO catalyst performance.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: acidity; catalyst design; MTO; propylene; zeolites
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Chemistry > Physical Chemistry
NATURAL SCIENCES > Chemistry > Inorganic Chemistry
NATURAL SCIENCES > Chemistry > Applied Chemistry
Divisions: Division of Materials Chemistry
Project titleProject leaderProject codeProject type
Depositing User: Ana Palčić
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2018 13:25
DOI: 10.1002/chem.201803136

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