Mesopore-selective incorporation of strong Bronsted acid catalytic sites via aluminium grafting on hierarchically porous siliceous MFI zeolite

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Post-synthetic Al grafting onto the surface silanols in mesoporous MFI zeolite has been investigated in an attempt to obtain a model catalytic material that possesses strong Brunsted acid sites at mesopore surfaces of the zeolite, but not inside the microporous framework. To this end, a siliceous MFI zeolite with a mesopore/micropore hierarchy was synthesized using a meso-micro dual structure-directing diammonium surfactant. The hierarchically porous zeolite was treated with anhydrous AlCl3 for the formation of Si-O-Al bonding with silanols on the mesopore surfaces. According to solid-state P-31 NMR spectroscopy of the surface-adsorbed phosphine oxides and catalytic activity for decalin cracking, the Al-grafting treatment performed in the conventional manner resulted in the formation of weak Brunsted acid sites, similar to Al grafting on SBA-15 mesoporous silica. To obtain strong Brunsted acid sites, we have developed a method of heating the AlCl3-grafted zeolite in a controlled-humidity chamber before calcination. The resultant zeolite was catalytically active for cracking of hydrocarbons requiring strong acid sites, but not for methanol-to-hydrocarbon conversion. The results support that the moisture treatment caused a local reconstruction of the initially grafted Al-O-Si framework portion to a strong Brunsted acid site. In addition, our model catalytic zeolite material unveiled the catalytic activity of Brunsted acid sites at the mesopore surfaces in hierarchically porous zeolite in n-octane cracking. Furthermore, we confirmed that this method was effective for other mesoporous MFI zeolites obtained through a post-synthetic desilication route.
Publisher
ELSEVIER
Issue Date
2020-10
Language
English
Article Type
Article
Citation

MICROPOROUS AND MESOPOROUS MATERIALS, v.305

ISSN
1387-1811
DOI
10.1016/j.micromeso.2020.110353
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http://hdl.handle.net/10203/275815
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CH-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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