Spongy chalcogels of non-platinum metals act as effective hydrodesulfurization catalysts

Santanu Bag, Amy F. Gaudette, Mark E. Bussell, Mercouri G Kanatzidis

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Abstract

Aerogels are low-density porous materials, made mostly of air, for which hundreds of applications have been found in recent years. Inorganic oxide-based aerogels have been known for a long time, carbon aerogels were discovered in the early 1990s and sulfur- and selenium-based aerogels (chalcogels) are the most recent additions to this family. Here we present new aerogels made of Co(Ni)-Mo(W)-S networks with extremely large surface areas and porosity. These systems are formed by the coordinative reactions of (MoS 4) 2 and (WS 4) 2 with Co 2 and Ni 2 salts in non-aqueous solvents. We show that these low-density sponge-like networks can absorb conjugated organic molecules and mercury ions, and preferentially adsorb CO 2 over H 2, which illustrates their high potential as gas-separation media. The chalcogels are shown to be twice as active as the conventional sulfided Co-Mo/Al 2 O 3 catalyst for the hydrodesulfurization of thiophene.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-224
Number of pages8
JournalNature Chemistry
Volume1
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009

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Hydrodesulfurization
Aerogels
Metals
Catalysts
Thiophenes
Selenium
Thiophene
Carbon Monoxide
Mercury
Sulfur
Oxides
Porous materials
Carbon
Salts
Porosity
Gases
Ions
Molecules
Air

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Spongy chalcogels of non-platinum metals act as effective hydrodesulfurization catalysts. / Bag, Santanu; Gaudette, Amy F.; Bussell, Mark E.; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G.

In: Nature Chemistry, Vol. 1, No. 3, 06.2009, p. 217-224.

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Bag, Santanu ; Gaudette, Amy F. ; Bussell, Mark E. ; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G. / Spongy chalcogels of non-platinum metals act as effective hydrodesulfurization catalysts. In: Nature Chemistry. 2009 ; Vol. 1, No. 3. pp. 217-224.
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