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Impact of Zeolite Framework Composition and Flexibility on Methanol-To-Olefins Selectivity: Confinement or Diffusion?

Research areaChemistry and Materials Science and Technology
TitleImpact of Zeolite Framework Composition and Flexibility on Methanol-To-Olefins Selectivity: Confinement or Diffusion?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Publication year2020
AuthorsFerri, P., C. Li, R. Millán, J. Martinez-Triguero, M. Moliner, M. Boronat, and A. Corma
JournalANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION
Type of ArticleArticle; Early Access
Keywordsdiffusion, MTO, reaction mechanism, structure-selectivity relationship}, {ab initio calculations
Abstract

The methanol-to-olefins reaction catalyzed by small-pore cage-based acid zeolites and zeotypes produces a mixture of short chain olefins, whose selectivity to ethene, propene and butene varies with the cavity architecture and with the framework composition. The product distribution of aluminosilicates and silicoaluminophosphates with the CHA and AEI structures (H-SSZ-13, H-SAPO-34, H-SSZ-39 and H-SAPO-18) has been experimentally determined, and the impact of acidity and framework flexibility on the stability of the key cationic intermediates involved in the mechanism and on the diffusion of the olefin products through the8rwindows of the catalysts has been evaluated by means of periodic DFT calculations and ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. The preferential stabilization by confinement of fully methylated hydrocarbon pool intermediates favoring the paring pathway is the main factor controlling the final olefin product distribution.

DOI10.1002/anie.202007609