Effect of pore diffusion on deactivation in resid hydrodesulfurization

Yu Wen Chen, Ming Chang Tsai, Yung Chih Kuo

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A series of CoMo/Alumina-Aluminum Phosphate catalysts with various pore diameters was prepared. These catalysts have a narrow pore size distribution and, therefore, are suitable for studying the effect of pore structure on the deactivation of reaction. Hydrodesulfurization of resid oils over these catalysts was carried out in a trickle bed reactor. The results show that the deactivation of reaction can be masked by pore diffusion in catalyst particle leading to erro neous measurements of deactivation rate constants from experimental data. A theoretical model is developed to calculate the intrinsic rate constant of major reaction. A method developed by Wojcik (1988) was then used to determine the intrinsic deactivation rate constant and deactivation effectiveness factor. The results indicate that the deactivation effectiveness factor is decreased with decreasing pore diameter of the catalyst, indicating that the pore diffusion plays a dominant role in deactivation of catalyst.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-326
Number of pages4
JournalStudies in Surface Science and Catalysis
Issue numberC
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1991


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