ZSM-5 Coatings on β-SiC Monoliths:  Possible New Structured Catalyst for the Methanol-to-Olefins Process

Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2007, 111, 4368-4374

DOI: 10.1021/jp067535k



S. Ivanova, B. Louis, B. Madani, J. P. Tessonnier, M. J. Ledoux, C. Pham-Huu

Laboratoire des Matériaux Surfaces et Procédés pour la Catalyse, UMR 7515 du CNRS, 25 rue Becquerel 67087 Strasbourg Cedex 2, France


Article history:

Received 14 November 2006,

In final form 10 January 2007,

Published online 1 March 2007,

Published in print 1 March 2007



Structured zeolite/silicon carbide composites were succesfully synthesized by ZSM-5 coatings deposited on macroscopic β-SiC foams with medium surface area. A homogeneous coverage of the support (30 wt % zeolite) by ZSM-5 crystals, having 1 μm average size, was reached after a double-coating procedure. The ZSM-5/β-SiC composite materials were characterized by BET, XRD, SEM, and H/D exchange methods. 27Al MAS NMR analysis revealed that all aluminum was present in a tetrahedral coordination, thus sitting in the zeolite framework. The existence of a nanoscopic layer of silica and silicon oxycarbide on the surface of the support ensures the strong anchoring of the zeolite crystals on the β-SiC substrate. The lack of secondary chemical reaction between the synthesis solution and the support allows a precise control of the Si/Al ratio in the final zeolite. The use of ZSM-5 coated β-SiC foam packings in the methanol-to-olefins reaction presents substantial activity/selectivity improvements compared to conventional zeolite packings. Moreover, the structured composites exhibit a higher stability toward deactivation by coking, compared to the powdered form of the zeolite.

© 2007 American Chemical Society


ZSM-5; zeolite; MTO; methanol to olefins; open-cell foam; stability

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