Site-specific scaling relations observed during methanol-to-olefin conversion over ZSM-5 catalysts
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2022

The conversion of methanol over ZSM-5 catalysts was studied using step response and temperature-programmed desorption and surface reaction analyses in a temporal analysis of products reactor, as well as quasi-elastic neutron scattering and Fourier transform infrared investigations, buttressed by archived 13C magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance studies. The results were combined with micro-kinetic models that simulated the formation of the first C–C bond and primary olefin(s) from methanol. Dimethyl ether was the major surface oxygenate and a source of surface methoxy species. Propylene, the major olefin produced from dimethyl ether, was formed with a reaction barrier of ∼200 kJ mol-1, in agreement with archived density functional theory calculations. Propylene was formed from dimethyl ether via a methoxymethyl mechanism under intrinsic kinetic conditions. Site-specific scaling relations between the barriers to methyl propenyl ether and methoxy methyl species formation and dimethyl ether desorption were observed. The active sites of the ZSM-5 catalysts can be locally optimised and selectively tuned to improve their activity during the methanol-to-olefin conversion.

first C-C bond



multi-scale micro-kinetic modelling


primary olefins


dimethyl ether


Oluwatoyin Omojola

University of Bath

Chemical Engineering Science

0009-2509 (ISSN)

Vol. 251 117424


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