Silver-Modified η-Al2O3 Catalyst for DME Production

Ahmed Ibrahim Osman Ahmed*, Jehad Abu-Dahrieh, Adel Abdelkader, Nourhan Hassan, Fathima Laffir, Mathew McLaren, David Rooney

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Herein, an in situ DRIFT technique was used to study the reaction mechanism of methanol dehydration to dimethyl ether (DME). Moreover, the effect of silver loading on the catalytic performance of η-Al2O3 was examined in a fixed bed reactor under the reaction conditions where the temperature ranged from 180 to 300 °C with a WHSV = 48.4 h–1. It was observed that the optimum Ag loading was found to be 10% Ag/η-Al2O3 with this novel catalyst also showing a high degree of stability under steady-state conditions, and this is attributed to the enhancement in both the surface Lewis acidity and the hydrophobicity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to) 25018–25032
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number45
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2017


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