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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2013, Article ID 679758, 9 pages
Research Article

Improvement of Lifetime Using Transition Metal-Incorporated SAPO-34 Catalysts in Conversion of Dimethyl Ether to Light Olefins

1Department of Fine Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, Chungnam National University, 220 Gung-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-764, Republic of Korea
2Division of Materials Science, Korea Basic Science Institute, 52 Eoeun-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-333, Republic of Korea
3Hydrogen Energy Research Group, Korea Institute of Energy Research, 71-2 Jang-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-343, Republic of Korea

Received 13 August 2013; Accepted 10 September 2013

Academic Editor: Yun Suk Huh

Copyright © 2013 Hyo-Sub Kim et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Transition metal (Mn, Fe, or Ni) incorporated SAPO-34 (MeAPSO-34) nanocatalysts were synthesized using a hydrothermal method to improve the catalytic lifetime in the conversion of dimethyl ether to light olefins (DTO). The structures of the synthesized catalysts were characterized using several methods including XRD, SEM, BET, 29Si-MAS NMR, and NH3-TPD techniques. Although the structure of the MeAPSO-34 catalysts was similar to that of the SAPO-34 catalyst, the amount of weak acid sites in all MeAPSO-34 catalysts was markedly increased and accompanied by differences in crystallinity and structural arrangement. The amount of weak acid sites decreased in the following order: NiAPSO-34 > FeAPSO-34 > MnAPSO-34 > SAPO-34 catalyst. The MeAPSO-34 catalysts, when used in the DTO reaction, maintained DME conversion above 90% for a longer time than the SAPO-34 catalyst, while also maintaining the total selectivity above 95% for light olefins. In addition, the NiAPSO-34 catalyst showed the longest catalytic lifetime; the lifetime was extended approximately 2-fold relative to the SAPO-34 catalyst. Therefore, the increase in the catalytic lifetime is related to the amount of weak acidic sites, and these sites are increased in number by incorporating transition metals into the SAPO-34 catalyst.