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Adsorption of 4,6-dimethyldibenzothiophene and collidine over MoO3/γ-Al2O3 catalysts with different pore structures

Zhang, Di, Xue, Lijun, Xu, Yongqiang, Song, Lijuan, Liu, Xinmei
Journal of colloid and interface science 2017 v.493 pp. 218-227
Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, adsorption, aluminum oxide, catalysts, desulfurization, hydrolysis, moieties, molecular dynamics, molybdenum, porosity, porous media, sulfur, surface area, thiophene
Mesoporous γ-Al2O3 supports with different pore structures were prepared by the cation-anion double hydrolysis method. Based on these samples, MoO3/γ-Al2O3 catalysts were made via impregnation. The adsorptions of 4,6-dimethyldibenzothiophene (4,6-DMDBT) and collidine over the supports and catalysts were studied by FT-IR. The supports or catalysts with larger pores can adsorb more 4,6-DMDBT. The methyl groups on adsorbate molecules are very close to the sulfur atom, resulting in apparent steric hindrance. Increasing the pore size can promote the interaction between the adsorbates and supports or catalysts, enhancing the CC bond and weakening the CS bond of 4,6-DMDBT. 4,6-DMDBT molecules were coordinated with the unsaturated Mo atoms over the catalysts to form π-complexation adsorption. There was much difference between thiophene and 4,6-DMDBT adsorption. The adsorption of collidine over the catalysts also illustrated that there existed steric hindrance. Significantly, the catalyst with hierarchical mesopores was beneficial for the adsorbates with larger molecular dynamics diameter. Compared with the pore size, the specific surface area was not the key factor to affect the adsorptions of 4,6-DMDBT and collidine. The hydrodesulfurization reaction of 4,6-DMDBT illustrated that the catalysts with larger pore size or hierarchical pore structure presented higher desulfurization efficiency (above than 80%).