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Catalysts 2013, 3(1), 11-26; doi:10.3390/catal3010011

Partial Oxidation of n-Butane over a Sol-Gel Prepared Vanadium Phosphorous Oxide

Department of Chemical Engineering, Kansas State University, 1016 Durland Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506, USA
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Received: 2 October 2012 / Revised: 5 December 2012 / Accepted: 8 January 2013 / Published: 16 January 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Aerogel Catalyst)
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Abstract

Vanadium phosphorous oxide (VPO) is traditionally manufactured from solid vanadium oxides by synthesizing VOHPO4∙0.5H2O (the precursor) followed by in situ activation to produce (VO)2P2O7 (the active phase). This paper discusses an alternative synthesis method based on sol-gel techniques. Vanadium (V) triisopropoxide oxide was reacted with ortho-phosphoric acid in an aprotic solvent. The products were dried at high pressure in an autoclave with a controlled excess of solvent. This procedure produced a gel of VOPO4 with interlayer entrapped molecules. The surface area of the obtained materials was between 50 and 120 m2/g. Alcohol produced by the alkoxide hydrolysis reduced the vanadium during the drying step, thus VOPO4 was converted to the precursor. This procedure yielded non-agglomerated platelets, which were dehydrated and evaluated in a butane-air mixture. Catalysts were significantly more selective than the traditionally prepared materials with similar intrinsic activity. It is suggested that the small crystallite size obtained increased their selectivity towards maleic anhydride. View Full-Text
Keywords: butane oxidation (partial); maleic anhydride; sol-gel process; supercritical drying; vanadium alkoxides; vpo catalysts butane oxidation (partial); maleic anhydride; sol-gel process; supercritical drying; vanadium alkoxides; vpo catalysts
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Salazar, J.M.; Hohn, K.L. Partial Oxidation of n-Butane over a Sol-Gel Prepared Vanadium Phosphorous Oxide. Catalysts 2013, 3, 11-26.

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