Preparation of mesoporous silica-supported palladium catalysts for biofuel upgrade

Ling Fei, Harvind Kumar Reddy, Joshua Hill, Qianglu Lin, Bin Yuan, Yun Xu, Peter Dailey, Shuguang Deng, Hongmei Luo

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We report the preparation of two hydrocracking catalysts Pd/CoMoO4/silica and Pd/CNTs/CoMoO4/silica (CNTs, carbon nanotubes). The structure, morphologies, composition, and thermal stability of catalysts were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Raman spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The catalyst activity was measured in a Parr reactor with camelina fatty acid methyl esters (FAMEs) as the feed. The analysis shows that the palladium nanoparticles have been incorporated onto mesoporous silica in Pd/CoMoO4/silica or on the CNTs surface in Pd/CNTs/CoMoO4/silica catalysts. The different combinations of metals and supports have selective control cracking on heavy hydrocarbons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number309093
JournalJournal of Nanotechnology
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

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  • General Materials Science


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