Catalytic pyrolysis of low density polyethylene over H-β, H-Y, H-Mordenite, and H-Ferrierite zeolite catalysts: Influence of acidity and structures

J. Agullo*, N. Kumar, D. Berenguer, D. Kubicka, A. Marcilla, A. Gómez, T. Salmi, D. Yu. Murzin

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Abstract

Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) catalytic pyrolysis was investigated over H-β-25, H-β-150, H-β-300, H-Y-12, H-Mordenite-20, and H-Ferrierite-20 zeolite catalysts. The numbers denote the SiO 2/Al2O3 molar ratios. The influence of the zeolite's acidity on the transformation of LDPE was studied by varying the SiO2/Al2O3 molar ratios of the β zeolite. The influence of the zeolite structure was investigated by using the proton forms of Y, β, Mordenite, and Ferrierite zeolites. The catalysts were characterized using X-ray powder diffraction patterns, nitrogen adsorption, and FTIR spectroscopy with pyridine as the probe molecule. The large pore and least acidic H-β-300 catalyst showed the lowest activity in the catalytic pyrolysis of LDPE. The H-β-25 catalyst, with higher acidity than H-β-300, showed higher activity for LDPE pyrolysis than H-β-300, indicating the importance of strong acid sites for this reaction. The H-Ferrierite and H-Mordenite catalysts, with small pores, showed the lowest effect on LDPE pyrolysis, although the catalysts were more acidic than H-β-25 and H-β-150, indicating that not only acidity but also the structure and pore size of zeolites are important for pyrolysis of LDPE. However, the H-Y zeolite catalyst with large pores and cavities is not suitable for this reaction because of rapid deactivation due to coke formation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)535-540
Number of pages6
JournalKinetics and Catalysis
Volume48
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2007
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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