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Aromatic transformations over aluminosilicate micro/mesoporous composite materials

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Catalytic behavior of micro/mesoporous ZSM-5/MCM-41 composites were investigated in the transformation of 1,2,4-trimethylbenzene (TMB), meta-xylene transformation and in the cracking of 1,3,5-triisopropylbenzene (TIPB). The samples were characterized by XRD, TGA, SEM, nitrogen sorption and FTIR of pyridine adsorption. The composite materials exhibited exceptional catalytic performance compared with the microporous ZSM-5 in the transformation of 1,2,4-trimethylbenzene and m-xylene. In the cracking of 1,3,5-triisopropylbenzene, the composite materials showed higher activity as compared with the conventional Y-zeolite. The distinctive catalytic performance of these micro/mesoporous composite materials in the reactions studied was attributed to the excellent accessibility of the active sites provided by the mesopores for both reactant and product molecules. In the transformation of m-xylene, selectivity towards para-xylene over all catalysts under study follows the order: conventional ZSM-5 ≈ ZM41A1 < ZM41A2 < ZM41A3.

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The article was received on 27 Dec 2011, accepted on 19 Mar 2012 and first published on 20 Mar 2012


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2CY00547F
Citation: Catal. Sci. Technol., 2012,2, 1275-1286
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    Aromatic transformations over aluminosilicate micro/mesoporous composite materials

    T. Odedairo, R. J. Balasamy and S. Al-Khattaf, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2012, 2, 1275
    DOI: 10.1039/C2CY00547F

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