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High performance (VOx)(n)-( TiOx)(m)/SBA-15 catalysts for the oxidative dehydrogenation of propane

Carrero, Carlos; Kauer, Markus; Dinse, Arne; Wolfram, Till; Hamilton, Neil; Trunschke, Annette; Schlögl, Robert; Schomäcker, Reinhard

Grafted VxOy catalysts for oxidative dehydrogenation of propane (ODP) have been studied due to their potential high performance and as model catalysts in the past. We report on a positive synergetic effect capable of considerably enhancing the propene productivities above reported performances. The most productive catalysts were found at metal loadings (V + Ti) close to the monolayer coverage. The 4V/13Ti/SBA-15 catalyst presented a considerably high productivity (6–9 kgpropene kgcat−1 h−1). Moreover, with this catalyst, propene productivity only slightly decreased as a function of propane conversion, indicating that propene combustion toward COx occurs more slowly in comparison to other catalysts exhibiting high propene productivities. A detailed kinetic analysis of the 4V/13Ti/SBA-15 catalyst revealed that high vanadia and titania dispersions are required for high propene productivity.
Published in: Catalysis science & technology : a multidisciplinary journal focussing on all fundamental science and technological aspects of catalysis, 10.1039/c3cy00625e, Royal Society of Chemistry