Articles written in Journal of Chemical Sciences
Volume 122 Issue 4 July 2010 pp 621-630 Full Papers
The cyclo-dehydrogenation of ethylene diamine and propylene glycol to 2-methylpyrazine was performed under the atmospheric conditions at 380°C. The Cr-promoted Cu-Zn/Al2O3 catalysts were prepared by impregnation method and characterized by ICP-AES, N2 adsorption/desorption, XRD, XPS, N2O chemisorption, TPR and NH3-TPD techniques. The amorphous chromium species existing in Cu-Zn-Cr/Al2O3 catalyst enhanced the dispersion of active component Cu, promoted the reduction of catalyst. Furthermore, the catalytic performance was significantly improved. The acidity of the catalyst played an important role in increasing the 2-MP selectivity. To optimize the reaction parameters, influences of different chromium content, reaction temperature, liquid hourly space velocity (LHSV), reactants molar ratio and time on stream on the product pattern were studied. The results demonstrated that addition of chromium promoter revealed satisfying catalytic activity, stability and selectivity of 2-methylpyrazine.
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