International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol.45, No.33, 16500-16508, 2020
Promoted catalytic behavior over gamma-Al2O3 composited with ZSM-5 for crude methanol conversion to dimethyl ether
gamma-Al2O3 was composited with ZSM-5 molecular sieve to improve its catalytic performance and hydrothermal stability during the conversion of crude methanol into dimethyl ether (DME). When prepared by a liquid-phase coating chemical compounding, the ZSM-5/gamma-Al2O3 composite catalyst reached an excellent methanol conversion of 91.9% and DME selectivity of 100%. The DME yield was increased by about 13% compared to only using gamma-Al2O3. Partial desiliconization and dealumination of the ZSM-5 molecular sieve effectively reduced the surface acid center strength and increased the mesoporous ratio. The special composite phase interface effectively decreased surface charge density of gamma-Al2O3 and formed the B (Bronsted) - L (Lewis) synergistic active centers. All these factors contribute to improving the catalytic performance, hydrothermal stability and resistance to deactivation of ZSM-5/gamma-Al2O3 during the conversion of crude methanol to DME. (C) 2020 Hydrogen Energy Publications LLC. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.