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The on-and-off dynamics of thiophene on a nickel cluster enables efficient hydrodesulfurization and excellent stability at high temperatures

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Abstract

Despite significant advances in the synthesis and structural determination of atomically precise metal clusters, few studies have explored their catalytic applications in industrially important reactions. Here, we report a thiolate-stabilized Ni cluster for the efficient hydrodesulfurization of thiophene under relatively harsh reaction conditions while maintaining its atomic structure, which was enabled by the on-and-off dynamic state of thiophene on the cluster. Through a combined experimental and theoretical approach, we elucidate the activated structure and the catalytic mechanism. The study highlights the great potential of structurally precise clusters for practical industrial applications.

Graphical abstract: The on-and-off dynamics of thiophene on a nickel cluster enables efficient hydrodesulfurization and excellent stability at high temperatures

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The article was received on 17 Nov 2018, accepted on 16 Feb 2019 and first published on 18 Feb 2019


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8NR09289C
Nanoscale, 2019,11, 4369-4375

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    The on-and-off dynamics of thiophene on a nickel cluster enables efficient hydrodesulfurization and excellent stability at high temperatures

    X. Cheng, X. Chai, W. Hu, S. Li and Y. Zhu, Nanoscale, 2019, 11, 4369
    DOI: 10.1039/C8NR09289C

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