• J.L. Munguía-Guillén Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa.
  • E.J. Vernon-Carter
  • J.A. De los Reyes-Heredia Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa.
  • T. Viveros-García
Keywords: microemulsion, CTAB and SDS surfactants, CoMo/Al2O3 catalyst, hydrodesulfurization


Two series of microemulsions, water/1- butanol/surfactant (five samples per series) were studied; one series was prepared with cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB, cationic) and another with sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS, anionic). For both series of microemulsions the effect of the type of surfactant on: the water in oil ratio; droplet size; amount of surfactant required and stability of the microemulsions was studied. The microemulsions employing SDS form larger drops, although require lower amount of surfactant. Microemulsions formed were stable for up to thirty days. Two CoMo/Al2O3 catalysts with the same metal composition were prepared using either surfactant, and were used in the hydrodesulfurization of dibenzothiophene. The catalyst prepared with CTAB presented a greater surface area and catalytic activity, than that prepared with SDS in the microemulsions. Product distribution in HDS followed the trend biphenyl > cyclohexylbenzene > bicyclohexyl for both catalysts suggesting the direct desulfurization route. The study suggests that the layer formed by the surfactant and organic agent, around the micelles, plays a role that determines the properties of the catalyst. The results allowed to suggest the mechanism of formation of the catalyst prepared by reverse microemulsion using CTAB as surfactant


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How to Cite
Munguía-Guillén, J., Vernon-Carter, E., De los Reyes-Heredia, J., & Viveros-García, T. (2019). EFFECT OF SURFACTANT IN THE SYNTHESIS OF CoMo/Al2O3 CATALYSTS OBTAINED BY REVERSE MICROEMULSION FOR DIBENZOTHIOPHENE HYDRODESULFURIZATION. Revista Mexicana De Ingeniería Química, 15(3), 893-902. Retrieved from http://www.rmiq.org/ojs311/index.php/rmiq/article/view/1075
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