Catalysis Letters

, Volume 144, Issue 1, pp 50–55 | Cite as

Vanadium Mesoporous Silica Catalyst Prepared by Direct Synthesis as High Performing Catalyst in Oxidative Dehydrogenation of n-Butane

  • Michal Setnička
  • Pavel Čičmanec
  • Roman Bulánek
  • Arnošt Zukal
  • Jakub Pastva


The catalytic oxidative dehydrogenation (ODH) of light alkanes has great potential to be used for production of alkenes instead classically used dehydrogenation. We report successful direct synthesis of vanadium mesoporous silica material—nSi/nV = 10 which could be convenient catalyst for ODH of alkane. The extraordinary high productivity (1.92 kgprod kg cat −1  h−1) in n-butane ODH is 3–4 times higher in comparison to supported vanadium catalysts usually prepared by wet impregnation method. It ranks this catalyst among the best materials investigated so far in this reaction. Moreover, reported catalytic system exhibits catalytic activity stable for more than 8 h in the stream.

Graphical Abstract


Vanadium oxide Mesoporous silica Direct synthesis n-Butane Oxidative dehydrogenation 



The authors thank to the project of the Czech Science Foundation No. P106/10/0196 for financial support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michal Setnička
    • 1
  • Pavel Čičmanec
    • 1
  • Roman Bulánek
    • 1
  • Arnošt Zukal
    • 2
  • Jakub Pastva
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Physical ChemistryUniversity of PardubicePardubiceCzech Republic
  2. 2.J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical ChemistryAcademy of Sciences of the Czech RepublicPrague 8Czech Republic

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