A comparative study of the WO <inf>x</inf> dispersion on Mn-promoted tungstated zirconia catalysts prepared by conventional and high-throughput experimentation

M. L. Hernández-Pichardo, J. A. Montoya, P. del Angel, A. Vargas, J. Navarrete

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Conventional and high-throughput experimentation (HTE) techniques were used for the synthesis, characterization, and catalytic testing of Pt/Mn-WO x -ZrO 2 materials. The catalysts were prepared by surfactant-assisted coprecipitation and screened for catalytic activity in a multi-channel fixed bed (MCFB) micro-reactor for the hydroisomerization of n-hexane. Conventional coprecipitation route leads mainly to the segregation of the WO 3 crystalline phase (XRD). On the other hand, the use of the automated HTE route allows the formation of catalysts with a highly dispersed WO x phase on the zirconia surface and a high surface area (60-100 m 2 /g) when calcined at 800 °C (N 2 physisorption, XRD, Raman, UV-vis, HRTEM). These polytungstates with different coordination symmetry are accessible to the reactants and they lead to an increase in the catalytic activity and selectivity to the bi-ramified products (2,2-DMB and 2,3-DMB) in the n-hexane isomerization. In addition, it was found that the incorporation of Mn modifies the nanostructural properties of the tungstated zirconia favoring the catalytic activity of these materials. © 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)233-240
Number of pages208
JournalApplied Catalysis A: General
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2008
Externally publishedYes


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