N-Pentane isomerization over platinum-promoted W/Zr mixed oxides supported on mesoporous silica

Tao Li, She Tin Wong, Man Chien Chao, Hong Ping Lin, Chung Yuan Mou, Soofin Cheng

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W/Zr mixed oxides supported on various porous silica materials, namely SBA-15, MCM-41 and silica gel, were prepared. Their acidities and catalytic activities in n-pentane isomerization were examined. For the mesoporous silica, SBA-15 was found to retain the ordered meso-structure better than MCM-41 after loading with W/Zr mixed oxide. TEM photographs showed that tungstated zirconia was dispersed inside the mesoporous channels of SBA-15, and that the surface area and pore volume decreased with the loading. The SBA-15 supported WO 3/ZrO2 materials promoted with Pt were highly catalytic efficient in n-pentane isomerization with a very high iso-pentane selectivity. In contrast, MCM-41 and silica gel supported WO3/ZrO2 showed lower catalytic activities. The optimal activity was observed on SBA-15 with 1%Pt/20%WO3/40%ZrO2. The mesoporous silica supports played an important role in stabilizing the mixed oxide catalyst since the catalytic activity decayed less markedly with time-on-stream on the supported catalysts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-219
Number of pages9
JournalApplied Catalysis A: General
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 30 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Acid
  • Catalyst
  • Isomerization of n-pentane
  • MCM-41
  • Mesoporous silica
  • Mixed oxide
  • Platinum
  • SBA-15
  • Tungstated zirconia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Process Chemistry and Technology


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