Importance of pore size and Lewis acidity of Pt/Al2O3 for mitigating mass transfer limitation and catalyst fouling in triglyceride deoxygenation

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The deoxygenation of triglycerides via hydrotreating is a promising route for producing hydrocarbon fuels from renewable biomass. Because triglycerides are bulky esters possessing multiple C=C bonds, mass transfer limitation and coke deposition within the pore space of catalysts are significant problems. In this study, the catalytic effects of porous structure and surface acidity of Pt/Al2O3 were rigorously investigated in triglyceride deoxygenation. Pt was supported on a series of Al2O3 materials with various crystal structures (gamma, theta, and alpha), pore sizes (3.3-28.6 nm), and Lewis acid amounts (0-337 mu mol g(-1)), which were prepared by sol-gel synthesis. The gamma-and theta-Al2O3 phases containing appreciable pentacoordinated Al sites effectively stabilized highly dispersed Pt particles (1.3-1.5 nm) via strong metal-support interactions and exhibited high catalytic activities. Conversely, Pt on alpha-Al2O3 without pentacoordinated Al sites exhibited very poor dispersion (> 12.6 nm), resulting in low catalytic activity. The results also showed that large mesopores (pore diameter > ~12 nm) were essential to obtain maximum catalytic activity without mass transfer limitation and to suppress catalyst deactivation by fouling. When comparing the gamma-and theta-Al2O3 phases, the latter generally showed inhibited formation of heavy products and coke owing to its larger pore size and smaller amount of Lewis acid sites that can catalyze undesirable oligomerization of unsaturated fatty acids. Consequently, Pt on theta-Al2O3 with extra-large mesopores (pore diameter: 28.6 nm) simultaneously exhibited the highest deoxygenation activity, selectivity toward diesel-range paraffins, and long-term stability.
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ELSEVIER SCIENCE SA
Issue Date
2022-07
Language
English
Article Type
Article
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CHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL, v.439

ISSN
1385-8947
DOI
10.1016/j.cej.2022.135530
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http://hdl.handle.net/10203/296366
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CH-Journal Papers(저널논문)CBE-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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