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, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp 169–184 | Cite as

Preparation of CeO2-Modified Mg(Al)O-Supported Pt–Cu Alloy Catalysts Derived from Hydrotalcite-Like Precursors and Their Catalytic Behavior for Direct Dehydrogenation of Propane

  • Yingxia Li
  • Jiaxin Li
  • Xiao Yang
  • Xitao Wang
  • Yanhong Xu
  • Lihong ZhangEmail author
Research Article


A series of PtCuCeMgAl quintuple hydrotalcite-like compounds with different Ce contents were synthesized by one-pot method. After calcining and reduction, CeO2-modified Mg(Al)O-supported Pt–Cu alloy catalysts were obtained. To understand the effect of Cu and Ce, the structure and physico-chemistry properties of the catalysts were characterized and analyzed, and the catalytic behaviors were investigated in a direct dehydrogenation of propane to propene. The results show that the Pt4+, Cu2+, and Ce3+ ions can be incorporated into the brucite-like layers and the Ce content significantly affects the interaction strength between Pt and Cu and the dehydrogenation performance of propane. Under the reaction conditions, the highest propane conversion (45%) with 89% selectivity to propene and a 40% propene yield were achieved with a 0.3 wt% Ce-modified PtCu/Mg(Al)O catalyst. The improved catalytic performance is related to the easy formation of Pt–Cu alloy phase, excellent resistance to sintering, and coke deposits of active components modified by CeO2.


Ce modification Pt–Cu alloy Propane dehydrogenation High dispersion Anti-sintering 



This study was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 21776214), the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province (No. BK20161166), and the State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yingxia Li
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jiaxin Li
    • 1
    • 2
  • Xiao Yang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Xitao Wang
    • 1
  • Yanhong Xu
    • 3
  • Lihong Zhang
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.School of Chemical Engineering and TechnologyTianjin UniversityTianjinChina
  2. 2.Tianjin Key Laboratory of Applied Catalysis Science and TechnologyTianjin UniversityTianjinChina
  3. 3.Department of Materials EngineeringXuzhou College of Industrial TechnologyXuzhouChina

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