Acta Phys. -Chim. Sin. ›› 2012, Vol. 28 ›› Issue (12): 2924-2930.doi: 10.3866/PKU.WHXB201209281

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Ni2P Catalysts Supported on TiO2-Pillared Sepiolite for Thiophene Hydrodesulfurization

LIAO Hui1, XU Xiang-Lan1, CHEN Wei-Qing1, SHI Qiu-Jie1, LIU Wen-Ming1, WANG Xiang1,2   

  1. 1 Department of Chemistry, Nanchang University, Nanchang 330031, P. R. China;
    2 Institute of Applied Chemistry, Nanchang University, Nanchang 330031, P. R. China
  • Received:2012-07-18 Revised:2012-09-18 Published:2012-11-14
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    The project was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (20863006) and “Ganjiang” Professor Research Funding of Nanchang University, China.


Samples containing a nickel phosphide precursor were synthesized by the impregnation method using TiO2-pillared sepiolite (Ti-Sep) as a support, nickel hydroxide as a nickel source, and phosphorous acid as a phosphorus source. From these precursor samples, Ni2P/Ti-Sep catalysts with Ni content ranging from 5%-25% (w, mass fraction) were prepared by temperature-programmed reduction. Thiophene hydrodesulfurization (HDS) was used to investigate the HDS activity of the catalysts. The catalysts were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), N2 adsorption-desorption, thermal gravity analysis (TGA), transmission electron microscope (TEM), and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The results demonstrated that the specific surface area and pore volume of Ti-Sep were enlarged and catalyst thermal stability was improved. In addition, the layer spacing of sepiolite was also increased. As a consequence, the active component, Ni2P, can be well dispersed on the interlayer and outer surface of Ti-Sep. Moreover, the layered sepiolite structure remained intact in the Ni2P/Ti-Sep catalysts. Consequently, thiophene conversion on Ni2P/Ti-Sep is improved compared with Ni2P/Na-Sep (NaCl-modified sepiolite) and Ni2P/HCl-Sep (HCl-modified sepiolite), which were prepared on sepiolite without Ti-pillaring. Ni2P/Ti-Sep with a Ni loading of 15% (w) shows the highest activity among all of the studied catalysts, on which the conversion of thiophene can reach 100% at 400℃.

Key words: Ni2P, TiO2, Pillared sepiolite, Thiophene, Hydrodesulfurization


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