Adsorption properties of oxidized gallium-modified zeolite ZSM-5 from diffuse reflectance IR and quantum-chemical data: 1. Interaction with hydrogen and ethane

Research paper by I. R. Subbotina, N. A. Sokolova, I. V. Kuz’min, G. M. Zhidomirov, V. B. Kazanskii

Indexed on: 01 Sep '07Published on: 01 Sep '07Published in: Kinetics and Catalysis


Diffuse reflectance IR spectroscopy was used to study adsorption and subsequent high-temperature hydrogen and ethane transformations on gallium ions in gallium-modified ZSM-5 zeolite. The results were correlated with the corresponding quantum-chemical calculations. From the experimental and calculated data, it follows that trivalent gallium oxo ions are reduced to the univalent state in a hydrogen or ethane atmosphere even at moderate temperatures. Therefore, gallium oxo ions can function as active sites only at the early stages of light-paraffin aromatization. At the later stages, the dehydrogenation of light paraffins involves univalent gallium ions through the formation of intermediate gallium and alkylgallium hydrides.