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A novel method for the synthesis of highly stable nickel-modified sulfated zirconia catalysts for n-pentane isomerization

A novel method for the synthesis of highly stable nickel-modified sulfated zirconia catalysts for n-pentane isomerization
A highly stable Ni modified sulfated zirconia catalyst was prepared by two different methods and used for n-pentane isomerization. The results showed that compared with the catalyst prepared by the sol-gel method, the catalyst prepared by the hydrothermal method showed higher surface area, larger pore size, smaller crystallite size of tetragonal ZrO2, more stable S-containing adsorbed species and a high isopentane yield. In particular, the Ni−/S2O8 2-ZrO2–Al2O3, which was prepared by the hydrothermal method (Ni/SZA-R), provided a sustainable high isopentane yield (ca. 68%) with a slight deactivation (15%) only within 50h of continuous reaction. This result was ascribed to the catalyst's larger mean pore size and the increased concentration of more stable S-containing species formed compared to the catalyst prepared by the sol-gel method. The stability behavior of this Ni/SZA-R catalyst in terms of isopentane yield vs time appears by far larger (increase by a factor of ~ 2–15) compared to other non noble metal modified sulfated zirconia-based catalysts reported in the open literature.

Publisher URL: www.sciencedirect.com/science

DOI: S1566736717304387

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