Pulse field gradient NMR technique was used to determine self-diffusivity of heptane and pentadecane at room temperature for microporous catalysts, used both as powders and shaped with a binder extrudates. The results showed that diffusivities increased with increasing specific surface area, micro- and mesopore volume of the studied catalysts. The presence of Bindzil binder together with H-Beta-25 decreased hydrocarbon diffusivities. Self-diffusivities of heptane and pentadecane were smaller for extrudates than for the powder catalysts. The detailed information about mass transfer limitations is needed to further process optimization since effective diffusivity is directly correlated with self-diffusion coefficients. The estimates of the ratio of porosity and tortuosity were also determined. The diffusion measurements with relatively long observation times Δ (20 up to 1000 ms) and catalysts fully immersed in pentadecane revealed that a small portion of sites exhibits very small diffusivities in H-Beta-25-Bindzil extrudates, which is correlated with a low ratio of mesopore to micropore volumes of this material.
- pulse-field NMR