Title page for ETD etd-12222004-111955

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Lee, Yong-Kul
Author's Email Address yolee@vt.edu, yongkull@yahoo.com
URN etd-12222004-111955
Title Reactivity and Structure of Supported Nickel Phosphides (Ni2P) in Deep Hydrodesulfurization Catalysis
Degree PhD
Department Chemical Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Oyama, Shigeo Ted Committee Chair
Cox, David F. Committee Member
Davis, Richey M. Committee Member
Hanson, Brian E. Committee Member
Sum, Amadeu K. Committee Member
  • HDS
  • HDN
  • 4
  • 6-DMDBT
  • FTIR
  • Nickel phosphide
Date of Defense 2004-12-16
Availability unrestricted
This dissertation describes preparation and characterization of Ni2P catalysts and their application in deep hydrodesulfurization (HDS) of a model sulfur compound, 4,6-dimethyldibenzothiophene (4,6-DMDBT), one of the most refractory S-compounds. This topic is of great importance in addressing recently enacted environmental regulations limiting the sulfur content in fuels. The work carried out includes synthesis of Ni2P on different siliceous supports, SiO2, MCM-41, and ultra-stable Y zeolite (USY). It also includes determining the characteristics of the supported Ni2P catalysts with a wide range of techniques: X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) spectroscopy. The use of these techniques allowed better understanding of the nature of the active sites as well as the effect of supports. Activity tests were conducted in the HDS of 4,6-DMDBT and the HDN of quinoline. The performance of the catalysts will be compared to that of a conventional sulfide hydrotreating catalyst, Ni-Mo-S/Al2O3. Investigation of the reaction mechanism in the hydrodenitrogenation (HDN) of 2-methylpiperidine together with in situ FT-IR measurements were conducted to understand how catalyst properties affect activity and selectivity.
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