Van Cleve, Tim
Rodrigues, Mariana Veiga
Will Medlin, J.
Total Authors: 5
 Univ Colorado Boulder, Dept Chem & Biol Engn, JSCBB D125, 3415 Colorado Ave, Boulder, CO 80303 - USA
 Georgia Inst Technol, Sch Chem & Biomol Engn, Atlanta, GA 30332 - USA
 UNESP, Inst Quim Araraquara, Rua Prof Francisco Degni 55, BR-14800900 Araraquara, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 3
MAR 27 2018.
Web of Science Citations:
In this study, monolayers formed from organophosphonic acids were employed to stabilize porous gamma-Al2O3, both as a single component and as a support for Pt nanoparticle catalysts, during exposure to hydrothermal conditions. To provide a baseline, structural changes of uncoated gamma-Al2O3 catalysts under model aqueous phase reforming conditions (liquid water at 200 degrees C and autogenic pressure) were examined over the course of 20 h. These changes were characterized by X-ray diffraction, NMR spectroscopy, N-2 physisorption, and IR spectroscopy. It was demonstrated that gamma-alumina was rapidly converted into a hydrated boehmite (AlOOH) phase with significantly decreased surface area. Deposition of alkyl phosphonate groups on gamma-alumina drastically inhibited the formation of boehmite, thereby maintaining its high specific surface area over 20 h of treatment. Al-27 MAS NMR spectra demonstrated that hydrothermal stability increased with alkyl tail length despite lower P coverages. Although the inhibition of boehmite formation by the phosphonic acids was attributed primarily to the formation of Al2O3-POx bonds, it was found that use of longer-chain octadecylphosphonic acids led to the most pronounced effect. Phosphonate coatings on Pt/gamma-Al2O3 improved stability without adversely affecting the rate of a model reaction, catalytic hydrogenation of 1-hexene. (AU)