catalyst characterization (TPR)
Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
Abstract Sulfided αand β-NiMoO4 have been employed as model HDS catalysts, aiming to investigate the effect of phase composition of the precursor mixed oxide on the physicochemical characteristics and activity of the sulfides. Both sulfides are highly amorphous or microcrystalline, and could not be differentiated by means of XRD. The differences in BET area were also found to be minimal. However, it was found by means of TPR that the stable α-isomorph is reduced at lower temperatures than the unstable β-phase in both the oxidic and sulfided states. Sulfided β-NiMoO4 was found to be a better catalyst for the HDS of thiophene than the sulfided α-isomorph. This could be related to the higher stability of the former in H2, as decomposition of the active, amorphous Ni-Mo-S structures results in less active and more crystalline phases, as found by XRD.
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