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Research on Chemical Intermediates

, Volume 41, Issue 7, pp 4199–4212 | Cite as

Photocatalytic propylene epoxidation on Bi2WO6-based photocatalysts

  • S. Murcia-López
  • V. Vaiano
  • D. Sannino
  • M. C. Hidalgo
  • J. A. Navío
Article

Abstract

The photocatalytic epoxidation of propylene (PR) with molecular oxygen was carried out in a fluidized-bed reactor with several Bi2WO6-based materials under UV-A illumination. Three different photocatalysts were tested: one of single Bi2WO6 and two of coupled Bi2WO6–TiO2 heterostructures, thus showing that a mixed system of Bi2WO6 with commercial TiO2 Degussa-P25 leads to the best combination of conversion and PO selectivity. Then, direct support on glass spheres and silica gel was made, being a good alternative for improving the Bi2WO6 performance. Additionally, several reaction conditions of temperature and PR to O2 feed ratio were studied.

Keywords

Bismuth tungstate Propylene Epoxidation Photocatalysis 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors acknowledge financial support from Junta de Andalucía (Excellence project P09-FQM-4570) and the Spanish “Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación” (Project Ref. CTQ2011-26617-C03-02). S. Murcia-López also thanks CSIC for the concession of a JAE-Pre Grant. Diana Sannino wish to thank the University of Salerno for funding the project “Processi chimici catalitici per la produzione di energia sostenibile e l’ambiente” (Ex 60 %, anno 2011).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Murcia-López
    • 1
  • V. Vaiano
    • 2
  • D. Sannino
    • 2
  • M. C. Hidalgo
    • 1
  • J. A. Navío
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de SevillaCentro Mixto Universidad de Sevilla-CSICSevilleSpain
  2. 2.Department of Industrial EngineeringUniversity of SalernoFiscianoItaly

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