On Catalytic Behavior of Bulk Mo2C in the Hydrodenitrogenation of Indole over a Wide Range of Conversion Thereof

Marek Lewandowski, Rafał Janus, Mariusz Wądrzyk, Agnieszka Szymańska-Kolasa, Céline Sayag, Gérald Djéga-Mariadassou
2020 Catalysts  
The catalytic activity of bulk molybdenum carbide (Mo2C) in the hydrodenitrogenation (HDN) of indole was studied. The catalyst was synthesized using a temperature-programmed reaction of the respective oxide precursor (MoO3) with the carburizing gas mixture of 10 vol.\% CH4/H2. The resultant material was characterized using X-ray diffraction, CO chemisorption, and nitrogen adsorption. The catalytic activity was studied in the HDN of indole over a wide range of conversion thereof and in the
more » ... of and in the presence of a low amount of sulfur (50 ppm), which was used to simulate the processing of real petroleum intermediates. The molybdenum carbide has shown high activity under the tested operating conditions. Apparently, the bulk molybdenum carbide turned out to be selective towards the formation of aromatic products such as ethylbenzene, toluene, and benzene. The main products of HDN were ethylbenzene and ethylcyclohexane. After 99% conversion of indole HDN was reached (i.e., lack of N-containing compounds in the products was observed), the hydrogenation of ethylbenzene to ethylcyclohexane took place. Thus, the catalytic behavior of bulk molybdenum carbide for the HDN of indole is completely different compared to previously studied sulfide-based systems.
doi:10.3390/catal10111355 fatcat:sppprcomefduzjyhk7m7t5alfy