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Metal oxide–zeolite composites in transformation of methanol to hydrocarbons: do iron oxide and nickel oxide matter?

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The methanol-to-hydrocarbon (MTH) reaction has received considerable attention as utilizing renewable sources of both value-added chemicals and fuels becomes a number one priority for society. Here, for the first time we report the development of hierarchical zeolites (ZSM-5) containing both iron oxide and nickel oxide nanoparticles. By modifying the iron oxide (magnetite, Fe3O4) amounts, we are able to control the catalyst activity and the product distribution in the MTH process. At the medium Fe3O4 loading, the major fraction is composed of C9–C11 hydrocarbons (gasoline fraction). At the higher Fe3O4 loading, C1–C4 hydrocarbons prevail in the reaction mixture, while at the lowest magnetite loading the major component is the C5–C8 hydrocarbons. Addition of Ni species to Fe3O4–ZSM-5 leads to the formation of mixed Ni oxides (NiO/Ni2O3) positioned either on top of or next to Fe3O4 nanoparticles. This modification allowed us to significantly improve the catalyst stability due to diminishing coke formation and disordering of the coke formed. The incorporation of Ni oxide species also leads to a higher catalyst activity (up to 9.3 g(methanol)/(g(ZSM-5) × h)) and an improved selectivity (11.3% of the C5–C8 hydrocarbons and 23.6% of the C9–C11 hydrocarbons), making these zeolites highly promising for industrial applications.

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The article was received on 01 Aug 2016, accepted on 04 Aug 2016 and first published on 05 Aug 2016


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C6RA19471K
Citation: RSC Adv., 2016,6, 75166-75177
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    Metal oxide–zeolite composites in transformation of methanol to hydrocarbons: do iron oxide and nickel oxide matter?

    J. Mann, V. Y. Doluda, C. Leonard, Y. B. Losovyj, D. G. Morgan, S. S. Bukalov, Z. Shifrina, B. D. Stein, N. Cherkasov, E. V. Rebrov, Z. D. Harms, M. Pink, E. M. Sulman and L. Bronstein, RSC Adv., 2016, 6, 75166
    DOI: 10.1039/C6RA19471K

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