Synthesis of methanethiol from methanol over reduced molybdenum sulfide catalysts based on the Mo6S8 cluster

Thomas J. Paskach, Glenn L Schrader, Robert E. McCarley

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Catalysts having structures containing the Mo6S8 cluster (crystalline Chevrel phases, amorphous ternary molybdenum sulfides, and ligated molecular clusters) have been discovered to be active for thiol synthesis from methanol and hydrogen sulfide at 250°C and 1 atm. An amorphous lanthanum molybdenum sulfide material was found to be the most selective catalyst (<80% methanethiol) at low conversions. CO2, CO, CS2, and CH4 were the major by-products in these studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)285-295
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Catalysis
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes



  • Methanethiol synthesis
  • Molybdenum sulfide cluster catalysts
  • Organosulfur catalysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Process Chemistry and Technology

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