Metal Phosphide Nanoparticles Generated via a Molecular Precursor Route for Hydrotreatment of Methyl Laurate

Diana Garcia-Perez, M. Consuelo Alvarez-Galvan, M. Carmen Capel-Sanchez, Jose Campos-Martin, Susan Habas

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Abstract

Transition metal phosphide nanoparticles supported on silica were used as catalysts to investigate the hydrodeoxygenation of methyl laurate (used as a model compound for vegetable oils). Ni2P, Ni1Mo1P, and Ni1.6Mo0.4P were synthesized using a molecular precursor route. The nanoparticles were added to the silica support without any changes in their structure or particle size. As a reference and for comparison, MoP/SiO2 was also prepared by the phosphite method. The prepared catalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and chemical analysis. A higher conversion is reached with the MoP/SiO2 monometallic catalyst, close to that with Ni1Mo1P/SiO2. However, this observation is misleading because the differences in dispersion obscure the result that the intrinsic activity (turnover frequency) of the bimetallic catalyst, prepared by a molecular precursor route, is significantly higher than that of the monometallic catalyst, prepared by the phosphite route, revealing a synergistic effect on the catalytic activity due to the formation of the bimetallic phosphide.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalChemCatChem
DOIs
StatePublished - 2024

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5100-86125

Keywords

  • green liquid fuels
  • hydrotreatment
  • metal phosphide nanoparticles (NPs)
  • methyl laurate
  • vegetable oils or fats

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