Pt–Cu Alloy Nanoparticles Encapsulated in Silicalite-1 Molecular Sieve: Coke-Resistant Catalyst for Alkane Dehydrogenation

  • Xiaotong Zhang
  • Ning He
  • Chunyan Liu
  • Hongchen GuoEmail author


Highly dispersed Pt–Cu alloy nanoparticles encapsulated in silicalite-1 were prepared by one-pot method. Taking propane dehydrogenation as a probe reaction, it was found that anti-coke ability was improved by encapsulation. Through H2-TPR, CO adsorption DRIFT spectra and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy experiment, enhanced anti-coke ability was ascribed to the electronic environment change of encapsulated metal. And it was further confirmed by in situ coking experiment. Owning to limited acidity, metal encapsulated by silicalite-1 molecular sieve exhibited better anti-coke ability and higher propylene selectivity than that by stronger acidic ZSM-5 molecular sieve. Moreover it was found that the combination of Cu and Pt made better catalytic performance and accelerated dehydrogenation more effectively compared with monometallic catalysts. Therefore, Pt–Cu alloy nanoparticles encapsulated in silicalite-1 molecular sieve core–shell material was a potential coke-resistant catalyst for alkane dehydrogenation reaction.

Graphical Abstract


Pt–Cu alloys Silicalite-1 Coke-resistant catalyst Alkanes dehydrogenation Core–shell structure 



We thank Dr. Wanyue Ye from Dalian University of Technology State Key Laboratory of Fine Chemicals for supplying the transmission electron microscopy analysis and helpful discussions.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Catalytical Chemistry and Engineering, State Key Laboratory of Fine ChemicalsDalian University of TechnologyDalianPeople’s Republic of China

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