Hydroconversion of n-hexadecane on Pt/silica-alumina catalysts: Effect of metal loading and support acidity on bifunctional and hydrogenolytic activity
2014 (English)In: Applied Catalysis A: General, ISSN 0926-860X, E-ISSN 1873-3875, Vol. 469, 328-339 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Bifunctional catalysts based on platinum and amorphous silica-alumina were studied in the hydroconversion of n-hexadecane. The influence of platinum loading and support acidity on activity and selectivity were assessed. The contribution of hydrogenolysis reactions on top of bifunctional hydrocracking was shown to depend not only on metal loading, but also on the effect of support acidity on the intrinsic activity of the platinum sites. The yield of cracking products, and their linear alkane fraction, increased with metal loading, while the isomerization yield was practically independent of the metal content. On a support of high Bronsted acidity, the rate of formation of methane was proportional to the platinum surface area, indicating that dernethylation occurred by metal-cataly ed hydrogenolysis. On the other hand, the methane site-time yield was one order of magnitude lower on a catalyst with negligible Bronsted acidity. Pt-catalyzed hydrogenolysis was also investigated during selective poisoning of acid sites by cofeeding pyridine and comparing the effect of hydrogen partial pressure on reaction rates. In the presence of pyridine, total hydroconversion activity was reduced by one order of magnitude while rates to methane and linear cracking products remained relatively high. These observations indicate that acid sites do not intervene in the mechanism, but that support acidity affects the hydrogenolytic activity of platinum sites.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 469, 328-339 p.
Bifunctional hydrocracking, Hexadecane, Hydroconversion, Hydrogenolysis, Platinum, Silica-alumina
Other Chemical Engineering
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-129966DOI: 10.1016/j.apcata.2013.09.048ISI: 000329266500040ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84886736656OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-129966DiVA: diva2:653928
FunderSwedish Energy Agency
QC 20140131. Updated from submitted to published.2013-10-072013-10-072014-01-31Bibliographically approved