Adsorption of propene, benzene, their mixtures and cumene on H-beta zeolites studied by IR and UV-VIS spectroscopy

C. Flego, I. Kiricsi, C. Perego, G. Bellussi

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H-beta zeolite proved to be an active and selective catalyst for alkylation of benzene withpropene. In situ spectroscopic methods were applied to follow the formation and the evolution of surface intermediates and products. It was found that when benzene is take alone on the zeolite surface, its adsorption is reversible up to 473 K. On the contrary propene propene undergoes to several transformations even at 295 K. Isopropylbenzenes behaves as propene, giving the same intermediates and products by decomposition at higher temperatures. Isopropyl cations formed upon chemisorption of propene on Broensted acid sites are the key intermediates for the alkylation reaction and are responsible for the faster deactivation via unsatured carbenium ion formation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405-412
Number of pages8
JournalStudies in Surface Science and Catalysis
Issue numberC
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1995


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry

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