1-Butanol dehydration as catalytic test to determine acidity of solid acids

  • Jaime Olmedo Pérez Oliveros Universidad de Antioquia
  • Bibiana del Carmen Molina García Universidad de Antioquia
Keywords: acid solids, acid catalysts, alcohol dehydration, sulfated zirconia


Catalytic dehydration of 1-Butanol was used as a test reaction to determine the nature of acid sites on several samples: undoped and doped sulfated-zirconia (dopants: Ce, W, or Sb), ZSM-5, Al-MCM-41 and permutite (amorphous aluminosilicate). Acid strength for each sample was ranked according to its catalytic activity. Catalysts exhibiting similar activity can be compared by the isomer ratios: cis-butene/trans-butene (CB/TB), 1-butene/trans-butene (1B/TB), and isobutene/ trans-butene (IB/TB). It was found that the activity of the sulfated-zirconia was directly proportional to the sulfate content. Interestingly, Al-MCM-41 exhibits similar acidity to the best sulfated-zirconia sample.

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Author Biographies

Jaime Olmedo Pérez Oliveros, Universidad de Antioquia

Instituto de Química

Bibiana del Carmen Molina García, Universidad de Antioquia

Instituto de Química


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Pérez Oliveros J. O., & Molina García B. del C. (2005). 1-Butanol dehydration as catalytic test to determine acidity of solid acids. Revista Facultad De Ingeniería Universidad De Antioquia, (33), 7-20. Retrieved from https://revistas.udea.edu.co/index.php/ingenieria/article/view/344283