Novel shape-selective catalysts for synthesis of 4,4'-dimethylbiphenyl

Jian Ping Shen, Lu Sun, Chunshan Song

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Shape-selective methylation of 4-methylbiphenyl was studied using zeolites HY. HM and HZSM-5 under the down-flow conditions. HY and HM display no shape selectivity, but HZSM-5 shows moderate selectivity to the target product, 4,4'-dimethylbiphenyl (4,4'-DMBP). Increasing the crystal size and modifing the surface of HZSM-5 zeolite can improve the selectivity to 4,4'-DMBP. The modification of external and internal surface with inorganic P compound was found to be very effective. The selectivity to 4,4'-DMBP can be increased to as high as 65% over the HZSM-5 modified with a small amount of ammonium hydrogen phosphate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3023-3028
Number of pages6
JournalStudies in Surface Science and Catalysis
Volume130 C
StatePublished - 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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