APCATA 406-2011-102

IR study of active sites for n-heptane isomerization over MoO3-ZrO2

The property of acidic sites on MoO3-ZrO2 was studied for n-heptane isomerization. A 2,6-lutidine IR study
showed that the introduction of MoO3 on ZrO2 partially eliminated the absorbance band at 1605 cm−1
ascribed to Lewis acid sites corresponding to the presence of the monoclinic phase of ZrO2 and developed
several Brönsted and Lewis acid sites with different acidic strengths. MoO3-ZrO2 possesses a large number
of relatively weak Lewis and Brönsted acid sites as well as strong acid sites. The active protonic acid sites in
n-heptane isomerization were formed from molecular hydrogen through a spillover mechanism with the
involvement of doublet bands at 1595 and 1580 cm−1 ascribed to the Lewis acid sites corresponding to the
presence of the tetragonal phase of ZrO2. No catalytic activity of MoO3-ZrO2 for n-heptane isomerization
was observed in the absence of the doublet bands at 1595 and 1580 cm−1 and hydrogen in the gas phase.