Pt/Al-SBA-15 catalysts for hydrocracking of C21-C34 n-paraffin mixture into gasoline and diesel fractions

Myung Gi Seo, Dae Won Lee, Kwan Young Lee, Dong Ju Moon

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In this study, a Pt-loaded mesoporous aluminosilicate (Pt/Al-SBA-15) was optimized as a catalyst for the hydrocracking of Fischer-Tropsch waxes, for which n-paraffin wax in the C21-34 range was used as a model reactant. Pt/Al-SBA-15 was more active than a Pt-loaded microporous zeolite (Pt/β-zeolite) in producing gasoline-range products from n-paraffin wax. Hydrocracking over Pt/Al-SBA-15 occurs via a bifunctional mechanism, the activity of which was correlated closely with the density (concentration) of strong acid sites and total exposed Pt surface area. The reaction was more noticeably promoted at the Brønsted acid sites, rather than at the Lewis acid sites, of Al-SBA-15. The highest gasoline yield (72.8%) was achieved with the catalyst comprised of 0.5 wt.% Pt and Al-SBA-15 with Si/Al molar ratio of 14.5.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-71
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Mar 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the MSIP (Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning) of Korea Grant funded by the Korean Government (NRF-2012R1A2A1A03009667).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


  • Bifunctional mechanism
  • Fischer-Tropsch wax
  • Hydrocracking
  • Mesoporous aluminosilicate
  • Pt/Al-SBA-15

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Organic Chemistry


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