One-pot synthesis of the highly efficient bifunctional Ni-SAPO-11 catalyst

Yuchao Lyu, Weilong Zhan, Zhumo Yu, Xinmei Liu, Ye Yang, Xiaoxing Wang, Chunshan Song, Zifeng Yan

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Hydroisomerization of linear alkanes to branched isomers is an important petrochemical process for production of gasoline with high octane number. Non-noble metal bifunctional catalysts used in this process always suffer from low metal dispersion and poor metal-acid synergy. Herein, a facile one-pot synthesis method was used to simultaneously regulate metal particle sizes and acidity of the Ni-SAPO-11 hydroisomerization catalyst. The physicochemical properties are investigated using XANES, EXAFS, TEM/STEM, FT-IR, XPS, UV–vis and NH3-TPD. Apart from the highly dispersed nickel nanoparticles with an average diameter of 8 nm, the framework Ni2+ ions are generated via substituting framework Al3+ ions of the SAPO-11. The formed NiP-OH structures have lower deprotonation energy (DPE) than the SiAl-OH ones, contributing more and stronger acid sites to the Ni-SAPO-11 catalyst. The great metal-acid synergy including high metal to acid sites ratio (nNi/nA) and close intimacy is obtained for the Ni-SAPO-11 catalyst. The Ni-SAPO-11 catalyst outperforms the counterpart prepared by the impregnation method and exhibits comparable activity and isomers selectivity to the Pt/SAPO-11 catalyst in the n-hexane hydroisomerization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)86-94
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Materials Science and Technology
StatePublished - Jun 20 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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