The alkylation of ethylbenzene witht-butyl alcohol was studied over Al-MCM-41 (Si/Al = 50 and 90) and Al, Mg-MCM-41 (Si/(Al+Mg) = 50) in the vapour phase from 200 to 400°C. The products werep-t-butylethylbenzene (p-t-BEB),p-t- butylvinylbenzene (p-t-BVB) andm-t-butylethylbenzene (m-t-BEB). Ethylbenzene conversion decreased with increase in temperature and increase in the ethylbenzene content of the feed. The reaction between the freely diffusing ethylbenzene in the channel and thet-butyl cations remaining as charge compensating ions yieldedp-t- BEB.p-t-BVB, an unexpected product in this investigation, was produced by dehydrogenation ofp-t-BEB over alumina particles present in the channels of the molecular sieves. Adsorption of ethylbenzene on Brønsted acid sites and its subsequent reaction with very closely adsorbedt-butyl cations proved to be necessary to obtainm-t-BEB. Thoughm-t-BEB was obtained, the correspondingm-t-butylvinylbenzene was not observed in this study. Study of time durations indicated rapid and slow catalyst deactivation at lower and higher streams respectively.
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