Pretreatment of new reduced ternary molybdenum sulfide catalysts

R. Kirk Thompson, Shane J. Hilsenbeck, Thomas J. Paskach, Robert E. McCarley, Glenn L. Schrader

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Pretreatment of a new lanthanum molybdenum sulfide (LaMoS) hydrodesulfurization (HSD) catalyst in flowing H2 has been investigated. Following pretreatment up to 800°C, the catalyst surface area decreased from 175 to 11 m2/g; the average pore diameter increased due to the loss of pore diameters smaller than 100 Å. TPD characterization of the as-prepared LaMoS was used to monitor the evolution of solvents and adsorbed materials up to 800°C. The Mo oxidation state was examined after various pretreatment procedures using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and temperature-programmed reduction (TPR). Following temperature-programmed desorption (TPD), two types of surface oxygen were detected which could be reduced at 250°C and 950°C by a flow of 10% H2 in N2. Transformation of the amorphous LaMoS to the corresponding crystalline Chevrel phase [La(Mo6S8)] was detected at 1000°C using TPR and x-ray diffraction (XRD). (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-87
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Nov 6 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Amorphous ternary molybdenum sulfides
  • Chevrel phases
  • H pretreatment
  • Hydrodesulfurization
  • Metal sulfide clusters

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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