Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, Vol.73, No.3-4, 311-316, 2007
Desulfurization of diesel via the H2O2 oxidation of aromatic sulfides to sulfones using a tungstate catalyst
A simplified oxidative desulfurizataion (ODS) catalytic system composed of Na2WO4, 30% H2O2 and CH3CO2H has been found suitable for the deep removal of sulfur in diesel. By combining ODS and methanol extraction, the sulfur level in a commercial diesel has been reduced from 1100 ppm to 40 ppm. Treatment of model solutions of octane containing dibenzothiophene and 4,6-dimethyl dibenzothiophene with our ODS system shows 100% conversion of the thiophenes to sulfones at 70 degrees C in less than 1 h. (c) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Keywords:sulfur removal;oxidative desulfurizataion;deep removal of sulfur;sodium tungstate;hydrogen peroxide;sulfone