Selective Hydrocracking Polyaromatics into Light Aromatics: the Separation of Hydrogenation Center and Cracking Center

Zhengkai Cao, Ziming Wu, Jinlin Mei, Ronghui Zeng, Shuandi Hou, Shaozhong Peng, Aijun Duan, Xia Zhang

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Serial combined catalysts with separated hydrogenation centers and cracking centers, which were composed of CoMo/Al2O3 and Ni/B, were synthesized and compared with the normal bifunctional catalysts of NiMo/Al2O3–Beta and CoMo/Al2O3–Beta. The properties of different catalysts were characterized by various methods. H2-TPR results demonstrated the existence of hydrogen spillover between a Co or Ni promoter, and Mo metals could facilitate the reducibility of oxide Mo species and hydrogenation of aromatics. The naphthalene hydrocracking performances were also evaluated and compared with different catalysts. The combined catalysts showed relatively high yields of light aromatics with high-octane values (
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering
StatePublished - Sep 1 2021
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2021-09-03
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): OSR-2019-CPF-4103.2
Acknowledgements: This research was supported by the following projects: National Natural Science Foundation of China (nos. 21878330, 21676298, and 21808079), CNPC Key Research Project (2016 × 10−0707), King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) under award number OSR-2019-CPF-4103.2, and the Key Research and Development Program of Shandong Province (2019GSF109115).
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Chemistry


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