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, Volume 67, Issue 5, pp 28–33 | Cite as

Synthesis and characterization of a sol-gel-derived zeolite prototype as a prospective hydrocracking catalyst

  • Sunanda MukhopadhyayEmail author
  • Debarati Mitra
  • S. Kundu
  • D. Biswas
  • P. Das
  • M. SahaPoddar
  • S. Das
Research and Development Zeolite Prototype


This paper deals with the preparation and evaluation of a zeolite prototype developed from an aluminosilicate precursor for its possible application as a hydrocracking catalyst. Aluminium nitrate and tetraethyl orthosilicate at definite proportions were the primary reagents for the gel synthesis. Nickel loading and stipulated post-synthesis treatment of the material are also addressed in this paper. The characteristics of the calcined aluminosilicate gel were estimated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) study with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), differential thermal analysis (DTA) with thermogravimetry (TG) and Fourier-transformed infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) at different temperatures. A preliminary laboratory-scale investigation of hydrocracking performance of this zeolite prototype was also conducted.


sol-gel zeolite hydrocracking electron microscope 



We gratefully acknowledge our colleague late Mr. Lalmohan Pathak, without whose sincere help it would have been impossible to complete this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sunanda Mukhopadhyay
    • 2
    Email author
  • Debarati Mitra
    • 1
  • S. Kundu
    • 1
  • D. Biswas
    • 1
  • P. Das
    • 1
  • M. SahaPoddar
    • 1
  • S. Das
    • 2
  1. 1.Petrochemicals and Petroleum Refinery Engg. DivisionDepartment of Chemical Technology, University of CalcuttaIndia
  2. 2.Ceramic Engg. DivisionDepartment of Chemical Technology, University of CalcuttaKolkataIndia

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