Molybdenum impregnated zeolite catalyst has been well-known for methane conversion into higher hydrocarbons under non-oxidative condition. HZSM-5 & HMCM-22 zeolites are the effective supports for this purpose. However, the catalytic performance of HMCM-22 supported molybdenum catalyst is consideredsuitable than that for HZSM-5 catalyst with high aromatic selectivity due to unique pore structure and framework of MCM-22 zeolite support. Effect of Mo loading over MCM-22 zeolite has been studied for the activity test and observed that 5 wt% metal content over the support (MCM-22) is optimum for the proper tuning of acidic & metallic sites of the catalyst. Effect of silica/alumina ratio (SAR, molar) of MCM-22 zeolite has also been studied and observed that lower SAR (30) is suitable (C₆H₆ selectivity, 37%) comparatively to higher SAR (55)(C₆H₆ selectivity, 18%). Lower GHSV (720 mL/g.h) is effective for higher hydrocarbon production compared to higher GHSV (1200 mL/g.h) due to low residence time. Mo/MCM-22 catalysts with different Mo loading werecharacterized by BET surface area, XRD, Raman spectroscopy and NH₃-TPD analysis. Unique pore systems [10 & 12 membered ring (MR)] and framework of MCM-22 zeolite support are the key factors for effective methane conversion to value added chemicals when loaded with molybdenum.
Volume 132, 2019
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