Low-temperature hydrogenation of tetralin over supported noble-metal catalysts in the presence of sulfur

Brian C. Senger, Chunshan Song

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High aromatics content in distillate fuels is undesirable since it lowers the fuel quality and contributes to the formation of environmentally harmful emissions, such as particulate matter and NOx. A fixed-bed flow reactor system was used for the hydrogenation of tetralin to decalins in the presence of benzothiophene, as a model reaction for the saturation of aromatics in diesel feedstocks. Several noble-metal catalysts were prepared on various supports, including alumina, titania, Y-zeolite, mordenite zeolite, and HZSM-5 zeolite. Y-zeolite supported catalysts exhibited higher sulfur tolerance than any of the other catalysts tested. As the activity of the catalysts decreased as a result of sulfur poisoning, the selectivity to trans-decalin also decreased, while the selectivity to cis-decalin increased. This is an abstract of a paper presented at the 228th ACS National Meeting (Philadelphia, PA 8/22-26/2004).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)PETR-25
JournalACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004
EventAbstracts of Papers - 228th ACS National Meeting - Philadelphia, PA, United States
Duration: Aug 22 2004Aug 26 2004


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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