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Promoter Effects on Catalyst Selectivity and Stability for Propylene Partial Oxidation to Acrolein


Highly dispersed silica-supported CuOx/SiO2 catalysts were synthesized via solution-phase deposition and studied for their activity, selectivity, and stability in catalyzing the selective oxidation of propylene to acrolein. Strategies for ensuring high metal dispersion included controlling the surface density of silanols (via covalent silanol-capping) or by pre-installing different “promoter” transition metals at submonolayer coverages. A comparison of the effect of first row transition metal promoters showed that V and Cr significantly boost catalyst performance and stabilize CuOx sites against aggregation.

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This work is supported by the Department of Energy, Laboratory Directed Research and Development funding at Argonne National Laboratory under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357. This research used resources of the Advanced Photon Source and the Center for Nanoscale Materials, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facilities operated for the DOE Office of Science by Argonne National Laboratory under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357.

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Ignacio-de Leon, P.A., Ferrandon, M., Savereide, L.M. et al. Promoter Effects on Catalyst Selectivity and Stability for Propylene Partial Oxidation to Acrolein. Catal Lett 150, 826–836 (2020).

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  • Acrolein
  • Copper
  • Oxidation
  • Promoter
  • Propylene