Topics in Catalysis

, Volume 57, Issue 1–4, pp 143–158 | Cite as

Methanol Conversion to Hydrocarbons (MTH) Over H-ITQ-13 (ITH) Zeolite

  • Wegard Skistad
  • Shewangizaw Teketel
  • Francesca Lønstad Bleken
  • Pablo Beato
  • Silvia Bordiga
  • Merete Hellner Nilsen
  • Unni Olsbye
  • Stian SvelleEmail author
  • Karl Petter Lillerud
Original Paper


Product flexibility is key to meeting fluctuating chemicals demands in the future. In this contribution, the methanol to hydrocarbons (MTH) reaction was investigated over two Ge-containing H-ITQ-13 samples, one with needle-like (H-ITQ-13(N), with (Si+Ge)/Al) = 42) and another with plate-like (H-ITQ-13(P), with (Si+Ge)/Al > 100) morphology. The samples were characterised using XRD, BET, SEM/EDS and FTIR spectroscopy, and their MTH performance was compared with the performance of H-ZSM-5 and H-ZSM-22. Similar specific surface areas (413 and 455 m2 g−1 for H-ITQ-13(N) and (P), respectively) and similar acid strength (Δν ~ −327(−310) cm−1) was observed for the two H-ITQ-13 samples. Testing of H-ITQ-13(N) at weight hourly space velocity (WHSV) = 2–8 h−1 at 350–450 °C revealed that C5+ alkenes were the main products (35–45 % selectivity at 400 °C), followed by propene and butene. A low but significant selectivity for aromatic products was observed (6–8 % selectivity at 400 °C). Product selectivity was found to be independent of deactivation. The methanol conversion capacity of H-ITQ-13(N) was 120–150 g methanol g−1 catalyst at 400 °C. Testing H-ITQ-13 at high (30 atm) and ambient pressure, respectively, at 350 °C showed that a high pressure led to enhanced C5+ selectivity, but close to a tenfold decrease in methanol conversion capacity. H-ITQ-13(P) was tested at 400 °C and 2 h−1. It gave lower conversion than H-ITQ-13(N). Furthermore, when compared at the same conversion level, H-ITQ-13(P) gave higher C5+ alkene selectivity, lower aromatics selectivity, and a higher propene to ethene ratio than H-ITQ-13(N). The H-ITQ-13 samples yielded a product spectrum intermediate of H-ZSM-22 and H-ZSM-5. The effluent product cut-off of H-ITQ-13 was similar to that of H-ZSM-5 with tetramethylbenzene as the largest significant product, while H-ZSM-22 produced mainly linear and branched alkenes. The lifetime of H-ITQ-13(N) was clearly enhanced compared to H-ZSM-22, but inferior to H-ZSM-5.


Methanol Zeolites Hydrocarbons MTH H-ITQ-13 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wegard Skistad
    • 1
  • Shewangizaw Teketel
    • 1
  • Francesca Lønstad Bleken
    • 1
  • Pablo Beato
    • 2
  • Silvia Bordiga
    • 1
    • 3
  • Merete Hellner Nilsen
    • 1
  • Unni Olsbye
    • 1
  • Stian Svelle
    • 1
    Email author
  • Karl Petter Lillerud
    • 1
  1. 1.inGAP Center for Research Based Innovation, Department of ChemistryUniversity of OsloOsloNorway
  2. 2.Haldor TopsøeKgs. LyngbyDenmark
  3. 3.Department of Chemistry, INSTM Centro di Riferimento and NIS Centre of ExcellenceUniversita’ di TorinoTurinItaly

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