The acidity of zeolites: Concepts, measurements and relation to catalysis: A review on experimental and theoretical methods for the study of zeolite acidity(Article)

Catalysis Reviews - Science and Engineering

Journal Article

In this article, we considered all aspects of acidity (nature of acid sites, strength, density, etc.) in solid catalysts and in zeolites in particular. After reminding the definition of acidity in liquid and solid acids, we emphasized acidity characterization by the most used physical techniques, such as Hammett's indicator titration, microcalorimetry of adsorbed probe molecules (ammonia, pyridine or other amines for acidity characterization and CO2 or SO2 for basicity characterization), ammonia or any amine thermodesorption, IR spectroscopy of hydroxyl groups and of several probe molecules adsorbed (ammonia, pyridine, piperidine, amines, CO, H2, etc.), MAS-NMR of 27Al, 29Si, 1H elements and of 1H, 13C, 31P, etc. of adsorbed probe molecules, and model catalytic reactions. Modeling the way the acid features of zeolites influence the catalytic activity of these catalysts toward acid-catalyzed reactions (relation between ammonia desorption activation energy values and catalytic activities, reaction mechanism, and kinetics) completes the general analysis of acidity and zeolite chemistry. Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

E.G. Derouane

J.C. Védrine

R. Ramos Pinto

P.M. Borges

L. Costa

F. Ramôa Ribeiro


Year of publication: 2013


ISSN: 01614940


DOI: 10.1080/01614940.2013.822266

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