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Alkaline earth metal (Mg, Ca, Sr and Ba) ions were exchanged into Hβ zeolite, which were used as the supports to load the noble metal Pt to prepare bifunctional catalysts for hydroisomerization of n-heptane. The catalysts were characterized by ICP, XRD, BET, NH3-TPD, H2-TPR and H2-chemisorption techniques, and evaluated in an atmospheric fixed bed reactor. The catalysts promoted by the alkaline earth metals are revealed to present much higher selectivity to isomerization than the counterpart Pt/Hβ. Moreover, the Ba-bearing catalyst loaded with 0.4 wt% Pt and 5:1 molar ratio of Ba to Pt gives a very high selectivity to iso-heptanes 95.4% with a considerable high conversion of n-heptane 61.7%. The promotion effect of alkaline earth metals is briefly discussed in relation to characterization data.

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Reaction Kinetics, Mechanisms and Catalysis
Authors: Lixia Wang, Wanchun Zhu, Dafang Zheng, Xue Yu, Jing Cui, Mingjun Jia, Wenxiang Zhang, and Zhenlu Wang

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The reaction of direct transformation of ethanol to ethyl acetate was investigated on reduced Cu/ZrO2 catalysts prepared by a co-precipitation procedure. The catalytic performances of these Cu–Zr mixed oxides were considerably influenced by changing the molar ratio of Cu to Zr. The highest selectivity to ethyl acetate was found over Cu/ZrO2(1) catalyst (molar ratio of Cu to Zr was 1). A variety of characterization techniques, such as N2 adsorption, XRD, XPS, TPR and NH3-TPD were carried out on the catalysts. The results revealed that the presence of a certain amount of Cu+ species may play very important role in improving the selectivity to ethyl acetate of the Cu/ZrO2 catalysts.

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The activity of solid niobic acid treated with sulfuric acid and with phosphoric acid was tested in the catalytic esterification of oleic acid and in transesterification of soybean oil with methanol. X-ray diffraction studies revealed niobic acid treated with sulfuric acid to be an amorphous solid, while niobic acid treated with phosphoric acid presented a crystalline phase, probably due to the formation of hydrogen niobium phosphate. Among the characterization methods employed here, XPS was particularly instrumental in showing that niobium dihydrogen phosphate and niobium hydrogen sulfate moieties are the acidic active sites responsible for the catalytic effect. The latter is more active according to ammonia TPD studies. Yields as high as 78% in the esterification of oleic acid with methanol and 40% in the transesterification of soybean oil catalyzed by NbSO4 were recorded.

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The reaction of urea with ZnO was investigated by FTIR and TPD. It was found that urea was thermally decomposed into isocyanic acid on ZnO, and the adsorbed isocyanic acid reacted with ZnO to form zinc isocyanate. Catalytic evaluation showed that ZnO had high activity towards urea methanolysis in a batch reactor, and zinc element and isocyanate were all detected in the product solution. Furthermore, the soluble zinc content was proportional to the DMC yield. Sample analyses suggested that the soluble zinc existed in the form of Zn(NCO)2(NH3)2, which originated from the reaction of ZnO with urea. It was the complex (not ZnO) that catalyzed the urea methanolysis. Based on these observations, a possible mechanism was suggested.

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A series of phosphorus modified Si-MCM-41 catalysts prepared via the impregnation method were used for the vapor-phase Beckmann rearrangement of cyclohexanone oxime to caprolactam. The catalysts were characterized by XRD, N2 adsorption, FT-IR, and NH3-TPD. The results indicated that weak acid sites increased with P content, leading to enhanced catalytic activity. The catalyst with Si/P mol ratio of 25 showed best performance at 633 K. The conversion of cyclohexanone oxime and the selectivity for caprolactam were 92.7 and 64.2%, respectively. The P–OH groups are main active sites for the Beckmann rearrangement. Grafting acid hydroxyl groups to cover the Si–OH groups may be a good way to improve the selectivity for this reaction.

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Room-temperature interaction of n-hexane with ZSM-5 zeolites

Microcalorimetric and temperature-programmed desorption studies

Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Authors: V. Rac, Vesna Rakić, S Gajinov, Vera Dondur, and Aline Auroux

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In this work, room temperature interaction of n-hexane with HZSM-5 (Si/Al=20) and ion-exchanged samples containing one (CuZSM-5, FeZSM-5 and MnZSM-5) or two transition-metal cations (Fe,CuZSM-5; Cu,MnZSM-5 and Fe,MnZSM-5) was studied by microcalorimetry and TPD methods. Both differential heats and the amounts of n-hexane adsorbed per one unit cell were quantitatively determined. Higher heats of adsorption and higher amounts of adsorbed gas were found for ion-exchanged samples than for HZSM-5. The experiments of n-hexane adsorption on hydrated samples were also performed. The amounts of n-hexane adsorbed on hydrated ZSM-5 were lower in comparison with dehydrated samples, while the energies of interaction were similar.

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The contribution of thermal methods of analysis to the study of the structure and reactivity of vanadium-phosphorus oxides is examined. In particular, data are reported on the solid-state reaction VOHPO4·1/2H2O→(VO)2P2O7+2 H2O for VOHPO4·1/2H2O prepared in different ways, on the redox properties of oxidation and reduction of vanadium for catalysts prepared with different P∶V atomic ratios in the range 0.9–1.3, and on the surface properties determined by TPD of catalysts with different P∶V ratios. The relationship between these properties and the catalytic properties in the selective oxidation ofn-butane and but-1-ene is discussed.

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We have investigated the interaction of water with Na+-ion exchanged zeolites of different structures (LTA, FAU, ERI, MOR and MFI) by means of temperature-programmed desorption (TPD). The non-isothermal desorption of water shows, depending on the zeolite type, differently structured desorption profiles. In every case the profiles have, however, two main ranges. Using a regularization method, desorption energy distribution functions have been calculated. The desorption energy distributions between 42–60 kJ mol−1, which can be attributed to a non-specific interaction of water, show two clearly distinguished energy ranges. The water desorption behaviour of this range correlates with the electronegativity of the zeolites and the average charge of the lattice oxygen atoms calculated by means of the electronegativity equalization method (EEM). The part of the desorption energy distributions in the range of 60–90 kJ mol−1, reflecting interactions of water with Na+ cations, shows two more or less pronounced maxima. In agreement with vibrational spectroscopic studies in the far infrared region, it may be concluded that all samples under study possess at least two different cation sites.

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The thermal decomposition of sodium nitrite or nitrate pre-adsorbed upon TiO2 surfaces has been investigated by employing several techniques as infrared spectroscopy (IR) and temperature programmed desorption in conjunction with mass spectrometry analysis (TPD-MS) to study the features observed during these thermal decompositions. Differential thermal analysis (DTA) in combination with X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD) were used to investigate the possibility of a solid state chemical reaction between the solid products originated from the thermal decomposition of the pre-adsorbed species and the TiO2. On the basis of our results, various characteristic features of these thermal decomposition reactions will be discussed.

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Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Authors: S. Aukkaravittayapun, C. Thanachayanont, T. Theapsiri, W. Veerasai, Y. Sawada, T. Kondo, S. Tokiwa, and T. Nishide

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Fluorine-doped tin dioxide (FTO) films were deposited on silicon wafers by inverted pyrosol technique using solutions with different doping concentration (F/Sn=0.00, 0.12, 0.75 and 2.50). The physical and electrical properties of the deposited films were analyzed by SEM, XRF, resistivity measurement by four-point-probe method and Hall coefficient measurement by van der Pauw method. The electrical properties showed that the FTO film deposited using the solution with F/Sn=0.75 gave a lowest resistivity of 3.210–4 ohm cm. The FTO films were analyzed by temperature programmed desorption (TPD). Evolved gases from the heated specimens were detected using a quadruple mass analyzer for mass fragments m/z, 1(H+), 2(H2 +), 12(C+), 14(N+), 15(CH3 +), 16(O+), 17(OH+ or NH3 +), 18(H2O+ or NH4 +), 19(F+), 20(HF+), 28(CO+ or N2 +), 32(O2 +), 37(NH4F+), 44(CO2 +), 120(Sn+), 136(SnO+) and 152(SnO2 +). The majority of evolved gases from all FTO films were water vapor, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide. Fluorine (m/z 19) was detected only in doped films and its intensity was very strong for highly-doped films at temperature above 400C.

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