Synthesis of 4, 4'-dimethylbiphenyl over silica-rich ZSM-5 zeolite catalysts

Huijuan Wang, Min Liu, Yan Zhao, Chunshan Song, Xinwen Guo

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A series of silica-rich HZSM-5(n(SiO2)/n(Al2O3)=373) samples modified with NH4F/Pt were employed for the alkylation of 4-methylbiphenyl (4-MBP) with methanol to 4, 4'-dimethylbiphenyl (4, 4'-DMBP) under fixed-bed down-flow conditions. The results showed that silica-rich ZSM-5 treated with NH4F/Pt could significantly improve the catalytic stability and the yield of dimethyl biphenyl(DMBPs) in 4-MBP methylation. Over HZSM-5 catalyst, the yield of DMBPs was 4.2% after 2 h reaction, while the yield of DMBPs could reach 9.6% over 0.75Pt-HCl-5F-ZSM-5 catalyst after 2 h reaction. After 20 h reaction, the 4-MBP conversion was about 9.1%, and the selectivity of 4, 4'-DMBP was about 76.1% over the modified catalyst. Adding water vapor into reaction system could further improve the catalytic stability of the catalyst and selectivity of 4, 4'-DMBP. After 30 h reaction, the selectivity of 4, 4'-DMBP was still up to 90%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)506-511
Number of pages6
JournalShiyou Xuebao, Shiyou Jiagong/Acta Petrolei Sinica (Petroleum Processing Section)
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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