Catalysis Letters

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 15–21 | Cite as

Rhodium supported in basic zeolite Y: A selective and stable catalyst for CO hydrogenation

  • T. J. Lee
  • B. C. Gates


Catalysts prepared by a condensation reaction of Rh(CO)2(acac) within the supercages of zeolite Y made basic by treatment with NaN3 are active for CO hydrogenation and selective for low-molecular-weight olefins and methanol. High partial pressures of CO (or CO + H2) stabilize the catalyst. The predominant species in the catalyst are suggested to be rhodium carbonyl clusters trapped in the zeolite cages.

CO hydrogenation zeolite Y rhodium carbonyl clusters catalyst selectivity catalyst stabilization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. J. Lee
    • 1
  • B. C. Gates
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Catalytic Science and Technology, Department of Chemical EngineeringUniversity of DelawareNewarkUSA

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