Shaped Hierarchical H-ZSM-5 Catalysts for the Conversion of Dimethyl Ether to Gasoline

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  • Simon Wodarz, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
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  • Nikolaj A. Slaby, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
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  • Michael C. Zimmermann, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
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  • Thomas N. Otto, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
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  • Julian Holzinger
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  • Jørgen Skibsted
  • Thomas A. Zevaco, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
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  • Stephan Pitter, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
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  • Jörg Sauer, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Hierarchical H-ZSM-5 zeolites are a promising class of heterogeneous catalysts that have shown encouraging results in lab-scale studies for the production of gasoline from dimethyl ether (DTG conversion). However, the influences of mesopore formation and shaping on various catalyst properties are still under debate. In this study, a series of H-ZSM-5 zeolites with hierarchical pore structures were prepared by modifying commercially available zeolites via alkaline treatment ("desilication"). The powdered zeolites were shaped into technical catalyst bodies by wet extrusion using either silica or alumina binders. All materials were extensively characterized. The different interactions during alkaline treatment were related to the observed modifications in the zeolite properties of the materials obtained. Although many properties of modified and untreated zeolite powders remained predominantly unchanged in their shaped catalyst equivalents, both binders affected certain material characteristics, particularly those related to their acidity. Finally, preliminary tests showed enhanced catalytic performance of hierarchical ZSM-5 catalysts in DTG conversion.

Original languageEnglish
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Pages (from-to)17689-17707
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020

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