Active species of sulfated metal oxide catalyst for propane dehydrogenation

Ryo Watanabe, Nozomu Hirata, Choji Fukuhara

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The active species over a sulfated transition metal oxide catalyst for propane dehydrogenation were evaluated. The unsulfated catalyst showed a high conversion for the dehydrogenation of propane, with significantly low selectivity to the desired product of propylene, on the other hand, the sulfated catalyst displayed a high selectivity to propylene, though the conversion was slightly decreased. The sulfation treatment was especially effective for the Co and Fe catalysts. The sulfate species were reduced to the active species of the sulfide ion in the reaction atmosphere, which increased a selectivity to propylene.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-231
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of The Japan Petroleum Institute
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Propane dehydrogenation
  • Sulfation treatment
  • Sulfide ion
  • Transition metal oxide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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