Synthesis of zeolite-Zeolite (MFI-FAU) composite catalysts for the isomerization of n-Hexane

Awais Sattar Ghouri*, Muhammad Rashid Usman

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In this research work, the aim is to produce a relatively novel zeolite-zeolite (MFI-FAU) composite catalyst having better potential of catalyzing isomerization of lighter hydrocarbons such as light naphtha, n-pentane, n-hexane, n-heptane and mixture thereof. A series of zeolite-zeolite (MFI-FAU) composite catalysts have been synthesized by incorporating previous practices and techniques. The catalytic performance of as-synthesized zeolite-zeolite (MFI-FAU) composite catalysts have been investigated by isomerizing 95% pure n-hexane in conventional fixed bed flow micro-reactor at temperature 200-240 ºC under atmospheric pressure. In order to explore chemical and physical features of zeolite-zeolite (MFI-FAU) composite catalysts, they are examined and characterized using powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) coupled with energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDX), N2 adsorption-desorption measurements (BET, BJH, t-plot measurements) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy equipped with attenuated total reflectance (ATR) arrangements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)919-933
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of the Chemical Society of Pakistan
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Composite catalysts
  • Isomerization
  • N-hexane
  • Y- zeolite
  • ZSM-5

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)


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