Mnmcm-48, comcm-48 and comnmcm-48 mesoporous catalysts for the conversion of methylcyclopentane (mcp)

Ioana Fechete1, Saida Debbih-Boustila1, Rima Merkache1, Oana Hulea1, Liliana Lazar2, Doina Lutic3, Ion Balasanian2, Francois Garin1

1 Laboratoire des Mat riaux, Surfaces et Proc d s pour la Catalyse, UMR 7515 CNRS, Universit de Strasbourg,
2 5 rue Becquerel, 67087 Strasbourg Cedex 2, France 2Department of Chemical Engineering, Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iasi, 73 Prof. dr. doc. D. Mangeron Street, 700050 Iasi, Romania
3 Department of Chemistry, Al. I. Cuza University of Iasi, 11 Carol I Bd. 700506 Iasi, Romania


Manganese and cobalt ions planted approach was used to introduce manganese/cobalt species into MCM-48-type mesoporous materials. For comparison, the cobalt was highly dispersed within the channels of mesoporous MnMCM-48 samples by impregnation approach. The prepared mesoporous materials were characterized by physico-chemical techniques, including SEM, TEM, N2 sorption, XRD, XPS, and elemental analysis. The physico-chemical characterization revealed that all of the samples retained a high surface area and regular cubic mesoporosity and that the manganese, cobalt and cobalt-manganese were highly dispersed. The catalytic activities of these samples were studied with respect to the conversion of methylcyclopentane (MCP) in reductive media as a function of the reaction temperature (150-500 C). Irrespective of the temperature of reaction, the MnMCM48 mesoporous samples did not exhibit catalytic activity, which suggests that the electrophilic manganese oxygen species, operative over all the samples, were inactive sites for the conversion of MCP. The addition of cobalt favored catalytic activity. A symbiotic process between the MnMCM-48 support and the Co nanoparticles likely occurs as reveals the catalytic tests. CoMCM48 (Si/Co = 40) exhibited outstanding ring-opening selectivity.


cetane number; conversion of MCP; mesoporous catalysts; n-hexane selectivity

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