Insights into the intrinsic kinetics for efficient hydrodesulfurization of 4,6-dimethyldibenzothiophene over mesoporous CoMoS2/ZSM-5

Lu Qi, Peng Zheng, Zhen Zhao, Aijun Duan, Chunming Xu, Xilong Wang

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The intrinsic kinetics of hydrodesulfurization (HDS) of 4,6-dimethyldibenzothiophene (4,6-DMDBT) over mesoporous CoMoS2/ZSM-5 (CoMoS2/MZSM-5) was investigated by comparing the commercial CoMoS2/γ-Al2O3. A pseudo-first-order kinetic model considering the direct desulfurization (DDS) and two detailed partial and full hydrogenation pathways was formulated with simple power law rate equations. The apparent rate constants of five lumped reactions on CoMoS2/MZSM-5 are 2–4 times larger than those of CoMoS2/γ-Al2O3. With both catalyst system, the pre-exponential factor plays a dominant role in the reaction rate of DDS pathway showing equally high activation energies. The apparent activation energies show a critical effect on the reaction rate of two hydrogenation and subsequent desulfurization reactions. Furthermore, the Delplot analysis was applied to identify the reaction sequence of product formation and verify the reaction network. The HDS performance and reaction rates of individual reaction steps can be rationally linked to the morphology and available content of CoMoS phase as identified by HRTEM and XPS characterization. Thus, multi-stacked MoS2 nanocrystallites on CoMoS2/MZSM-5 provide more available sulfur vacancies to facilitate the DDS pathway, and catalyze efficiently the hydrogenation and subsequent desulfurization with the synergy of brim sites and sulfur vacancies.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)279-293
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Catalysis
StatePublished - Mar 2022

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2022-12-12
Acknowledgements: This research was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No.22008013, U16621392) and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). We acknowledge Prof. Tiandi Tang for providing the experimental setup and zeolite carriers and appreciate Dr. Lei Zhang and Dr. Wenqian Fu for the technical assistances and discussions of catalysts synthesis and characterizations at Changzhou University. We acknowledge Prof. Xiang Li at Tianjin University of Science and Technology for many fruitful technical discussions about the details of HDS catalyst microstructures and kinetic model formulation. We also appreciate Dr. Klusener A.A. Peter for the technical discussions and language editing of the manuscript at Shell Technology Centre Amsterdam.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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