Para-selective methylation of toluene with methanol over nano-sized ZSM-5 catalysts: Synergistic effects of surface modifications with SiO2, P2O5 and MgO

Wei Tan, Min Liu, Yan Zhao, Keke Hou, Hongyu Wu, Anfeng Zhang, Haiou Liu, Yiren Wang, Chunshan Song, Xinwen Guo

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The nano-sized ZSM-5 catalysts were modified by surface coating with SiO2, P2O5, MgO and their combinations; the catalytic properties were investigated in the shape-selective methylation of toluene with methanol. The catalysts were characterized by XRD, XRF, N 2 adsorption-desorption, temperature programmed desorption of ammonia (NH3-TPD), Fourier-transform infrared spectra of adsorbed pyridine/2,6-di-tert-butylpyridine, and adsorption of n-hexane/cyclohexane. The passivation of Lewis acid sites occurs prior to that of the Brönsted acid sites over ZSM-5 modified by SiO2, while P2O5 or MgO preferentially neutralizes the Brönsted acid sites of ZSM-5. The deposition of MgO is more efficient in passivating the acid sites and narrowing the pore openings, compared to SiO2 or P2O5 modification with the same oxide content (<9 wt%). The single modification could not completely passivate the external surface acid sites and simultaneously narrow the pore openings to a proper extent; so the selectivity to para-xylene does not exceed 90% even at the highest oxide loading. The multiple modification by SiO2, P2O5 and MgO, with a suitable sequence can efficiently eliminate external surface acid sites, and simultaneously narrow the pore openings, which led to a higher para-selectivity (∼98%). The combined modification with SiO2, P2O5 and MgO in a proper sequence can lead to a synergistic effect for tailoring the acid property and pore mouth of the catalyst, thus enhancing the para-selectivity to ∼98% and improving catalytic stability, as demonstrated by flow test for 1000 h on stream.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-30
Number of pages13
JournalMicroporous and Mesoporous Materials
StatePublished - Sep 15 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials


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