Catalysis Letters

, Volume 20, Issue 1–2, pp 97–106 | Cite as

In situ carburization of metallic molybdenum during catalytic reactions of carbon-containing gases

  • Jae Sung Lee
  • Michel Boudart


Supported molybdenum clusters were prepared by sublimation of Mo(CO)6 onto dehy-droxylated alumina followed by decomposition in flowing dihydrogen at 970 K. These alumina-supported molybdenum clusters were found by XAFS to transform into Mo2C if heated in a 20% methane/H2 mixture at 950 K. For the hydrogenolysis ofn-butane at 510 K and CO-H2 reactions at 570 K, both at atmospheric pressure, molybdenum and carburized molybdenum showed similar, but different for each reaction, turnover rates. The product distribution was the same for each reaction on Mo and Mo2C. In both reactions, in situ XAFS data for fresh and used catalysts indicated that Mo clusters progressively transformed into Mo2C under the reaction conditions


Molybdenum carbide catalysts alumina-supported n-butane hydrogenolysis CO hydrogenation in situ carburization XAFS 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jae Sung Lee
    • 1
  • Michel Boudart
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Chemical EngineeringPohang Institute of Science and Technology (POSTECH)PohangKorea
  2. 2.Department of Chemical EngineeringStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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