The positive effect of alumina surface graphitization by CVD with ethylene on the activity of CoMo catalysts in hydrodesulfurization has been demonstrated. X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, High-resolution transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and nitrogen physisorption showed that alumina surface graphitization does not significantly change the morphology and textural characteristics of the support. However, it has a significant impact on the morphology of supported sulfide component resulting in the formation of particles with a shorter slab length (2.9 vs 3.3 nm) and higher stacking number (2.4 vs 2.1) as compared to the sample based on γ-Al2O3. The results of CoMoS/γ-Al2O3 and CoMoS/C@γ-Al2O3 catalysts testing in hydrotreating reactions demonstrated a similar activity in hydrodenitrogenation of quinoline and 1.7 times higher activity of CoMoS/C@γ-Al2O3 in hydrodesulfurization of dibenzothiophene. Higher hydrodesulfurization activity of CoMoS/C@γ-Al2O3 sample is attributed to improved dispersion of the supported sulfide component and enhanced promotion of MoS2 by cobalt. Thus, the simple CVD approach presented here allows selective modification of the surface of commercially available alumina supports with a layer of graphite-like carbon and can be used to improve the activity of conventional hydrotreating catalysts.
- Carbon deposition
- CoMo catalysts
- Mesoporous support
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