Campus Units

Ames Laboratory, Chemistry

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Accepted Manuscript

Publication Date

2014

Journal or Book Title

Journal of Catalysis

Volume

314

First Page

142

Last Page

148

DOI

10.1016/j.jcat.2014.04.009

Abstract

Iron nanoparticles supported on mesoporous silica nanoparticles (Fe-MSN) catalyze the hydrotreatment of fatty acids with high selectivity for hydrodeoxygenation over decarbonylation and hydrocracking. The catalysis is likely to involve a reverse Mars–Van Krevelen mechanism, in which the surface of iron is partially oxidized by the carboxylic groups of the substrate during the reaction. The strength of the metal–oxygen bonds that are formed affects the residence time of the reactants facilitating the successive conversion of carboxyl first into carbonyl and then into alcohol intermediates, thus dictating the selectivity of the process. The selectivity is also affected by the pretreatment of Fe-MSN, the more reduced the catalyst the higher the yield of hydrodeoxygenation product. Fe-MSN catalyzes the conversion of crude microalgal oil into diesel-range hydrocarbons.

Comments

NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Catalysis. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Catalysis, [314, (2014)] DOI 10.1016/j.jcat.2014.04.009

Copyright Owner

Elsevier Ltd.

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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