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New methods for the preparation of nanoscale nickel phosphide catalysts for heteroatom removal reactions

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Abstract

The removal of heteroatom impurities (S, N, O) from fossil fuel and biomass feedstocks is a critical step in the production of clean-burning transportation fuels. Nickel phosphide (Ni2P) has emerged as a leading candidate material on which to base a new class of catalysts to compete with the long established Ni–Mo and Co–Mo sulfides for hydrotreating of crude oil feedstocks. A recent assessment by researchers at ExxonMobil suggested that a Ni2P catalyst having a 3 nm particle size could compete with a state-of-the-art Co–Mo/Al2O3 catalyst for the hydrodesulfurization (HDS) of a straight-run gas oil feed. This article reviews recent advances in the low-temperature preparation of highly-active, nanoscale Ni2P catalysts.

Graphical abstract: New methods for the preparation of nanoscale nickel phosphide catalysts for heteroatom removal reactions

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The article was received on 05 Jul 2017, accepted on 09 Aug 2017 and first published on 18 Aug 2017


Article type: Minireview
DOI: 10.1039/C7RE00098G
Citation: React. Chem. Eng., 2017,2, 628-635
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    New methods for the preparation of nanoscale nickel phosphide catalysts for heteroatom removal reactions

    M. E. Bussell, React. Chem. Eng., 2017, 2, 628
    DOI: 10.1039/C7RE00098G

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