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Temperature-regulated construction of hierarchical titanosilicate zeolites

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Abstract

Titanosilicate zeolites are an important class of heterogeneous catalysts that are widely used in several catalytic processes. The construction of hierarchical titanosilicate zeolites (e.g., TS-1 with an MFI structure) is of great interest as they can promote the mass transportation and molecular accessibility of reactant molecules. Herein, we presented a temperature-regulated method to construct anatase-free hierarchical TS-1 zeolite catalysts by utilizing a two-step hydrothermal crystallization strategy with tetrabutylammonium hydroxide (TBAOH) as the sole organic structure-directing agent. The two-step crystallization process, i.e., initial crystallization at lower temperature followed by secondary crystallization at higher temperature, afforded the incorporation of more active Ti species into TS-1 and the formation of hierarchical structures resulting from the layer-stacking growth. The prepared hierarchical TS-1 zeolite catalysts showed superior catalytic performance in the oxidative desulfurization of bulky organosulfur compound dibenzothiophene compared with their microporous counterpart, giving a higher turnover number (23.5 vs. 1.7). The temperature-based kinetic regulation approach offers an effective way to construct hierarchical titanosilicate zeolite catalysts with controllable active Ti atoms.

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Submitted
27 Jan 2020
Accepted
13 Mar 2020
First published
16 Mar 2020

Inorg. Chem. Front., 2020, Advance Article
Article type
Research Article

Temperature-regulated construction of hierarchical titanosilicate zeolites

Y. Song, R. Bai, Y. Zou, Z. Feng and J. Yu, Inorg. Chem. Front., 2020, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/D0QI00120A

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