Effect of phenol addition on the performances of H-Y zeolite during methylcyclohexane transformation

I. Graça, J. D. Comparot, S. Laforge*, P. Magnoux, J. M. Lopes, M. F. Ribeiro, F. Ramôa Ribeiro

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The transformation of a mixture of methylcyclohexane and a small amount of phenol, as representative of the transformation of a mixture of biomass-derived oxygenates and Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) feedstock was studied at 350 and 450 °C over a USHY zeolite. At 350 °C, the addition of phenol increases the deactivation of the zeolite catalyst, which is due to phenol adsorption on both Brönsted and Lewis acid sites, in addition to the formation of coke from methylcyclohexane. Whatever the contact time and the phenol amount, this deactivation is always partial, which suggests that a substantial portion of the active sites of the HY zeolite is not affected by deactivation. Finally, the increase of the reaction temperature (to 450 °C) allows limiting the effect of phenol addition on the zeolite activity and stability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-129
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Catalysis A: General
Issue number1
Early online date31 Oct 2008
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2009

Bibliographical note

Acknowledgements: . Grac ̧a would like to express her gratitude to the Fundac ̧a ̃o para
a Cieˆncia e Tecnologia (FCT) for her Ph.D. grant (ref. SFRH/BD/


  • Bio-oils
  • Catalytic cracking
  • Coking
  • Deactivation
  • Methylcyclohexane
  • Phenol
  • Zeolites


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