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Mechanisms of reactions of methoxy species with benzene and cyclohexane over H-ZSM-5 zeolites

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The first-step reaction mechanisms of d3-methoxy (OCD3) species on H-ZSM-5 zeolite with benzene and cyclohexane were directly observed by infrared (IR) spectroscopy. Only toluene was produced in the gas phase at the beginning, simultaneous with the consumption of methoxy species on the surface at 473 K. Acidic OH groups were formed in place of d3-methoxy groups for the reaction with benzene, while OD groups were recovered for the reaction with cyclohexane, similar to the case of light olefins. Thus, the presence of different methylation mechanisms of methoxy species is confirmed; the CD3 unit reacted with benzene as in the cases of amines and dimethyl ether, but the CD2 unit reacted with cyclohexane and light olefins, leaving one of the deuterium atoms on the zeolite. The difference of these mechanisms in activation energy is also estimated and used for further discussion on the mechanisms.

Graphical abstract: Mechanisms of reactions of methoxy species with benzene and cyclohexane over H-ZSM-5 zeolites

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The article was received on 23 Apr 2015, accepted on 30 Apr 2015 and first published on 05 May 2015


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C5CY00600G
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Citation: Catal. Sci. Technol., 2015,5, 3598-3602
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    Mechanisms of reactions of methoxy species with benzene and cyclohexane over H-ZSM-5 zeolites

    J. N. Kondo, H. Yamazaki, T. Yokoi and T. Tatsumi, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2015, 5, 3598
    DOI: 10.1039/C5CY00600G

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