Ethane oxidative dehydrogenation over halogenated Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8-δ catalysts

H. X. Dai, H. He, Chak Tong AU*

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The layered oxide Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8-δ (Bi-2212) and halogenated Bi-2212 have been investigated as catalysts for the oxidative dehydrogenation of ethane to ethylene. By introducing a small amount of fluoride or chloride ions into the Bi-2212 lattice, one can enhance the catalytic performance significantly. At a temperature of 680 °C, a C2H6/O2/N2 molar ratio of 2/1/3.7, and a contact time of 1.67 × 10-4 h g mL-1, Bi2Sr2CaCu2O7.811 F0.366 (Bi-2212-F) showed 70.8% C2H6 conversion, 72.5% C2H4 selectivity, and 51.3% C2H4 yield; Bi2Sr2CaCu2O7.901 Cl0.394 (Bi-2212-Cl) showed 77.2% C2H6 conversion, 76.6% C2H4 selectivity, and 59.1% C2H4 yield. During 60 h of on-stream reaction at 680 °C, the two halogenated materials exhibited stable catalytic performance. We observed a remarkable reduction in deep ethylene oxidation over the halogenated catalysts. X-ray powder diffraction results indicated that Bi-2212 and the halogenated Bi-2212 oxides were single-phase and tetragonal in structure. The results of Cu and Bi oxidation state chemical analyses and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic investigations revealed the presence of Cu3+, Cu2+, and Bi3+ in Bi-2212 and Cu+, Cu2+, Bi5+, and Bi3+ in Bi-2212-F and Bi-2212-Cl. Oxygen temperature-programmed desorption and temperature-programmed reduction studies indicated that the halogenation of Bi-2212 promoted the activity of lattice oxygen; such a promotional effect was confirmed by the results of 18O/16O exchange experiments. We conclude that, by modifying the oxygen nonstoichiometry and copper and bismuth oxidation states via halogenation, one can convert the Bi-2212 oxide to catalysts active and selective for the oxidation of ethane to ethylene.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-45
Number of pages9
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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