Chemical Engineering, Babol Noshirvani University of Technology
Chemical Engineering, Babol University of Technology
In order to enhance the catalytic performance of SAPO-34 catalyst for the reaction of methanol to olefins (MTO), ultrasonic and microwave-assisted aging method were employed in static hydrothermal method to synthesize nano-sized SAPO-34. The effects of the application of this method on the chemical composition, morphology, surface area and total acidity of SAPO-34 were characterized by XRD, FE-SEM, nitrogen adsorption–desorption and NH3-TPD techniques. The catalytic performance of synthesized SAPO-34 was investigated for MTO reaction in a fixed-bed reactor under the same operating conditions (T = 450 °C, P =1 atm, and WHSV = 4 h−1). Comparing with the SAPO-34 synthesized with conventional hydrothermal method, sample synthesized with simultaneous use of US and MW-assisted aging methods possesses larger surface area and small crystal size and exhibits higher selectivity to light olefins (C˭2-C˭4) and longer lifetime.