The H/D exchange was studied between CD4 and H-zeolites using pulsed a microcatalytic reactor and MS analysis. Methane-d3 was the only exchange product, while a large fraction of the reactant was retained by the zeolite. The apparent activation energies (Ea) were determined for CHD3 production assuming first-order reaction kinetics. The Ea was close to 80 kJ mol-1 over the H-ZSM-5 and H-mordenite, and about 50 kJ mol-1 over H-beta. Results suggested that, at the low methane loading applied, the H/D exchange was initiated predominantly by heterolytic dissociation of CD4 to CD3δ and Dδ+ over Lewis acid-Lewis base pair sites.
- H/D exchange
- Lewis acid-Lewis base pair sites
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