High performance (VOx)n–(TiOx)m/SBA-15 catalysts for the oxidative dehydrogenation of propane

C. Carrero, M. Kauer, A. Dinse, T. Wolfram, N. Hamilton, A. Trunschke, R. Schlögl, R. Schomäcker 
Catal. Sci. Technol 4 (2014) 786


Grafted VxOy catalysts for oxidative dehydrogenation of propane (ODP) have been studied due to their potential high performance and as model catalysts in the past. We report on a positive synergetic effect capable of considerably enhancing the propene productivities above reported performances. The most productive catalysts were found at metal loadings (V + Ti) close to the monolayer coverage. The 4V/13Ti/SBA-15 catalyst presented a considerably high productivity (6–9 kgpropene kgcat−1 h−1). Moreover, with this catalyst, propene productivity only slightly decreased as a function of propane conversion, indicating that propene combustion toward COxoccurs more slowly in comparison to other catalysts exhibiting high propene productivities. A detailed kinetic analysis of the 4V/13Ti/SBA-15 catalyst revealed that high vanadia and titania dispersions are required for high propene productivity.

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