Some catalytic properties of molybdenum trioxide and dioxide

  • A. A. Balandin
  • I. D. Rozhdestvenskaya


  1. 1.

    MoO3, obtained by decomposition of ammonium molybdate in a stream of nitrogen at 500°, is a catalyst for the dehydration of alcohols. The activation energy for isopropyl alcohol is 13.9 kcal/mole.

  2. 2.

    MoO2, obtained by reduction of MoO3 with molecular hydrogen at 500°, is a catalyst for the dehydrogenation of alcohols. The activation energy for isopropyl alcohol equals 12.5 kcal/mole.

  3. 3.

    MoO2 chemisorbs nitrogen at 500° and is thus completely deactivated as regards dehydrogenation of alcohol. Treatment of the inactive catalyst with hydrogen at 500° partially restores the activity of the catalyst as a result of desorption of the nitrogen as ammonia.

  4. 4.

    At temperatures of 400–500°, MoO3 and MoO2 produce dehydrogenation of cyclohexane to a slight extent.



Hydrogen Nitrogen Alcohol Ammonia Dioxide 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. A. Balandin
    • 1
  • I. D. Rozhdestvenskaya
    • 1
  1. 1.N. D. Zelinskii Institute of Organic ChemistryAcademy of Sciences USSRUSSR

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