versão impressa ISSN 0100-4042
OLIVEIRA, Alcineia Conceição et al. The effect of chromium on the catalytic properties of MCM-41. Quím. Nova [online]. 2005, vol.28, n.1, pp. 37-41. ISSN 0100-4042. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-40422005000100007.
The effect of chromium on the catalytic properties of MCM-41 was evaluated in order to develop new catalysts for the trimethylbenzene transalkylation with benzene to produce ethylbenzene, a high-value aromatic in the industry. It was found that chromium decreases the specific surface area but increases the acidity, turning MCM-41 into an active and selective catalyst for ethylbenzene and toluene production. The coke produced on the catalyst is hydrogenated and mainly located outside the pores and thus can be easily removed. The catalyst is more active and selective than mordenite, a commercial catalyst, and thus more promising for commercial applications.
Palavras-chave : mesoporous materials; ethylbenzene; transalkylation.