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Base adsorption mechanism over zeolite catalysts at different Al content probed by the tapered element oscillating microbalance (TEOM)

Abstract

Acidity of zeolites is a paramount property that determines their behaviour in catalytic and adsorption applications. Various techniques have been established over the years to characterise this property qualitatively and quantitatively, using different indicators able to reveal different insights. In this work, for the first time we have used the tapered element oscillating microbalance (TEOM) to study quantitative aspects of internal and external zeolite acidity by measuring sorption dynamics of pyridine and collidine over HZSM5 zeolites with different silica-to-alumina ratio (SAR). The method is able to easily quantify, with a rapid and robust calibration procedure, maximum, physisorbed and chemisorbed uptake of probe molecules. The results show that the uptake of both pyridine and collidine measured by the TEOM increases with decreasing SAR, that is, increase in Al content, consistently with the increase in acid site density at increasing Al content. Most importantly, by providing a robust and easy-to-interpret set of data, the experimental protocol reveals new fundamental insights into the adsorption mechanism as a function of the Al content, showing that at high Al content chemisorption is the major adsorption mechanism, whereas at low Al content physisorption becomes the dominant mechanism.

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The article was received on 06 Aug 2018, accepted on 10 Sep 2018 and first published on 10 Sep 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8CP05001E
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018, Accepted Manuscript
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    Base adsorption mechanism over zeolite catalysts at different Al content probed by the tapered element oscillating microbalance (TEOM)

    P. Bräuer and C. D'Agostino, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C8CP05001E

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