Probing the surface of nanosheet H-ZSM-5 with FTIR spectroscopy
Herein we report FTIR in situ adsorption of molecular hydrogen, carbon monoxide, water, methanol, pyridine and 2,4,6-trimethylpyridine (collidine) on nanosheet H-ZSM-5 which was recently studied in the methanol to hydrocarbons (MTH) reaction. The nature of the hydroxyl groups and surface species are described in detail. The IR spectrum of nanosheet H-ZSM-5 is dominated by silanols, which saturate the external surfaces. The acidity of Si(OH)Al is comparable to that observed in the case of standard microcrystalline H-ZSM-5. The study of the external surface allows the recognition of Si(OH)Al species located at the channel entrance, which are mostly all accessible to hindered molecules such as collidine.