Reactions of dimethylether in single crystals of the silicoaluminophosphate STA-7 studied via Operando synchrotron infrared microspectroscopy
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Synchrotron infrared micro-spectroscopy has been applied to measure in situ the reaction of dimethylether in single crystals of the silicoaluminophosphate STA-7. The crystals are found to contain a uniform and homogeneous distribution of acidic hydroxyl groups. Dimethylether is hydrogen bonded to the hydroxyl groups at low temperatures, but evidence is found for dissociation to form surface methoxy groups above 473 K, and aromatic hydrocarbon pool species above 573 K. From time resolved infrared measurements coupled with MS analysis of evolved products it is concluded that alkene formation occurs via a direct mechanism from reaction of dimethylether with surface methoxy groups.
Howe , R F , Suwardiyanto , , Price , D J , Castro , M , Wright , P A , Greenaway , A , Frogley , M D & Cinque , G 2018 , ' Reactions of dimethylether in single crystals of the silicoaluminophosphate STA-7 studied via Operando synchrotron infrared microspectroscopy ' Topics in Catalysis , vol 61 , no. 3-4 , pp. 199-212 . DOI: 10.1007/s11244-018-0890-9
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DescriptionFinancial support from the EPSRC Catalysis Hub (Suwardiyanto) and an Industrial CASE Award (EPSRC/BP Chemicals) (Price) are also acknowledged.
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