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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2013, Article ID 528453, 9 pages
Research Article

Metal and Precursor Effect during 1-Heptyne Selective Hydrogenation Using an Activated Carbon as Support

1INCAPE, Instituto de Investigaciones en Catálisis y Petroquímica (FIQ-UNL, CONICET), Santiago del Estero 2654, 3000 Santa Fe, Argentina
2Servicios Técnicos de Investigación, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Alicante, Apartado 99, 03080 Alicante, Spain
3Facultad de Ingenería Química, Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Santiago del Estero 2829, 3000 Santa Fe, Argentina

Received 30 August 2013; Accepted 25 September 2013

Academic Editors: R. Dalpozzo and J. H. Li

Copyright © 2013 Cecilia R. Lederhos 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.


Palladium, platinum, and ruthenium supported on activated carbon were used as catalysts for the selective hydrogenation of 1-heptyne, a terminal alkyne. All catalysts were characterized by temperature programmed reduction, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. TPR and XPS suggest that the metal in all catalysts is reduced after the pretreatment with H2 at 673 K. The TPR trace of the PdNRX catalyst shows that the support surface groups are greatly modified as a consequence of the use of HNO3 during the catalyst preparation. During the hydrogenation of 1-heptyne, both palladium catalysts were more active and selective than the platinum and ruthenium catalysts. The activity order of the catalysts is as follows: PdClRX > PdNRX > PtClRX ≫ RuClRX. This superior performance of PdClRX was attributed in part to the total occupancy of the d electronic levels of the Pd metal that is supposed to promote the rupture of the H2 bond during the hydrogenation reaction. The activity differences between PdClRX and PdNRX catalysts could be attributed to a better accessibility of the substrate to the active sites, as a consequence of steric and electronic effects of the superficial support groups. The order for the selectivity to 1-heptene is as follows: PdClRX = PdNRX > RuClRX > PtClRX, and it can be mainly attributed to thermodynamic effects.