• R. Huirache-Acuña Facultad de Ingeniería Química, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo
  • M.G. Sánchez-Bautista Instituto de Investigaciones Metalúrgicas, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo
  • J. Lemus-Ruiz Instituto de Investigaciones Metalúrgicas, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo
  • C. Ornelas Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados, S.C., CIMAV
  • F. Paraguay-Delgado
  • E.M. Rivera-Muñoz Centro de Física Aplicada y Tecnología Avanzada, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Keywords: nanostructures, CoMoW, hydrodesulfurization, dibenzothiophene


In this paper, the synthesis and characterization of CoMoW nanostructured oxides, partially sulfided, as well as its application as catalysts in the reaction of hydrodesulfurization (HDS) of dibenzothiophene (DBT) is presented. All nanostructures were obtained by a two-step hydrothermal/gas phase reduction. Firstly, CoMoW oxides precursors were prepared using a hydrothermal method. Subsequently, all precursors were reduced and activated under H2S/H2 at 500C. Nanostructures were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and the specific surface areas of the materials were measured using the BET method. The catalytic activity and selectivity measurements in the HDS of DBT reaction were also presented.


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How to Cite
Huirache-Acuña, R., Sánchez-Bautista, M., Lemus-Ruiz, J., Ornelas, C., Paraguay-Delgado, F., & Rivera-Muñoz, E. (2020). SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATION OF PARTIALLY SULFIDED CoMoW OXIDES NANOSTRUCTURES AND THEIR APPLICATION IN THE HDS OF DBT. Revista Mexicana De Ingeniería Química, 9(2), 209-218. Retrieved from

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