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Vanadium promoted molybdenum phosphate catalysts for the vapour phase partial oxidation of methanol to formaldehyde

Whiting, Gareth T., Bartley, Jonathan Keith ORCID:, Dummer, Nicholas Frank ORCID:, Hutchings, Graham John ORCID: and Taylor, Stuart H. ORCID: 2014. Vanadium promoted molybdenum phosphate catalysts for the vapour phase partial oxidation of methanol to formaldehyde. Applied Catalysis A: General 485 , pp. 51-57. 10.1016/j.apcata.2014.07.029

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The catalytic properties of (MoO2)2P2O7 promoted with vanadium have been investigated for the partial oxidation of methanol, and structure-activity relationships probed using a range of characterization techniques. All unpromoted and promoted molybdenum phosphate catalysts were active, with higher vanadium content achieving both high activity and high formaldehyde selectivity at reaction temperatures around 400 °C. The association between increasing vanadium content and the enhanced activity towards methanol oxidation was attributed to the formation of mixed phase catalysts, in particular VOHPO4·0.5H2O/VOPO4·2H2O with (MoO2)2P2O7. The dispersion of vanadium phosphate phases on the surface of (MoO2)2P2O7 was found to substantially enhance the catalytic properties of the molybdenum phosphate catalyst. The data from this study indicate that molybdenum phosphate based catalysts are promising candidates for selective oxidation, and hence worthy of further investigation.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Cardiff Catalysis Institute (CCI)
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Uncontrolled Keywords: Selective oxidation; Methanol; Formaldehyde; Molybdenum phosphate; Vanadium phosphate
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0926-860X
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 25 October 2016
Date of Acceptance: 23 July 2014
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 23:09

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