Synthesis and characterization of WO3 and WS2 hexagonal phase nanostructures and catalytic test in sulfur remotion
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The aim of the present study was the synthesis and characterization of WO3 and WS2 nanostructures in hexagonal phases and the evaluation of the latter as catalyst in the dibenzothiophene hydrodesulfurization reaction. 2H-WS2 nanostructures were obtained from a precursor WO3 nanostructure by a two-step hydrothermal/gas phase reaction under well-controlled conditions. All nanostructures were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and the specific surface area of the materials was measured using the BET method. The catalytic activity and selectivity measurements of the resulting unsupported WS2 nanocatalysts are also presented. Catalytic activity was found to be highest for the 2H-WS2 from the WO3 nanostructure sulfided at 773 K (rate constant of 3 × 10−7 mol/g s).
KeywordsMoS2 Tungsten Trioxide Transition Metal Dichalcogenides Molybdenum Sulfide Ammonium Metatungstate
The authors appreciate the valuable technical assistance of C. Ornelas, W. Antúnez, and E. Torres. This work was financially supported by CONACYT 58280-Y, DGAPA-UNAM, IN102509 and postdoctoral scholarship-UNAM. Isabel Pérez Montfort corrected the English version of the manuscript.
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