Thiophene, 2,3- and 2,5-dihydrothiophene, and tetrahydrothiophene hydrodesulfurization on Mo and Re γ-Al2O3 catalysts

E. J. Markel, G. L. Schrader, N. N. Sauer, R. J. Angelici

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Comparative studies of the hydrodesulfurization (HDS) of thiophene, 2,3-dihydrothiophene, 2,5-dihydrothiophene and tetrahydrothiophene were performed using Mo γ-Al2O3 and Re γ-Al2O3 catalysts. Reaction pathways for interconversion of the organosulfur compounds were shown to exist. Both dihydrothiophene compounds were highly reactive and formed significant amounts of 1,3-butadiene at 300 °C over Re catalysts. The dihydrothiophenes are proposed to be possible reaction intermediates for thiophene HDS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-22
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Catalysis
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1989


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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