Authors: Gomez-Orozco, SY; Huirache-Acuna, R; Pawelec, B; Fierro, JLG; Rivera-Munoz, EM; Lara-Romero, J; Alonso-Nunez, G

Article; Proceedings Paper.
Catal. Today. vol: 305. page: 0920-5861.
Date: may-01. 2018.
Doi: 10.1016/j.cattod.2017.08.009.

This work studies the effect of the support modifications (SBA-15) with Ti by using a ternary system as an active phase (Ni, Mo, W). Calcined and sulfided catalysts were characterized by a variety of techniques such as XRD, S-BET, TPR, TPD-NH3, DRS-UV-vis, micro-Raman spectroscopy and HRTEM. Sulfided catalysts were tested in the hydrodesulphurization (HDS) of dibenzothiophene (DBT) performed in a batch reactor at 320 degrees C and total hydrogen pressure of 800 psi. This reaction was selected for the catalyst screening because DBT is a typical sulfur-containing hydrocarbon present in high-boiling petroleum fractions and coal derived liquids and the absence of any diffusion limitation for DBT molecule to entry into the porous structure of the SBA-15 supported catalysts. We observed that the incorporation of Ti did not decrease the catalytic activity in the HDS of DBT reaction except for Si/Ti = 40 catalyst. UV-vis analyses show a higher amount of tetrahedral species for CAT/40TiS15 in counterpart with CAT/60TiS15 that showed a lower amount of those species however, the lower amount of Ti in the catalyst (CAT/60TiS15) showed the highest hydrogenation capability among the catalysts studied (HYD/DDS = 0.81) despite the main route in the HDS of DBT reaction was the direct desulfurization (DDS) pathway (selectivity)..