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Evaluation of the Textural Parameters of Zeolite Beta in LDPE Catalytic Degradation: Thermogravimetric Analysis Coupled with FTIR Operando Studies

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Faculty of Chemistry, Jagiellonian University, 30-387 Kraków, Poland
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Faculty of Chemistry, Adam Mickiewicz University, 61-614 Poznan, Poland
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Molecules 2020, 25(4), 926; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules25040926
Received: 22 January 2020 / Revised: 12 February 2020 / Accepted: 15 February 2020 / Published: 19 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Zeolitic Microporous Materials and Their Applications)
Zeolite-based catalysts are globally employed in many industrial processes, such as crude-oil refining and bulk chemical production. In this work, the cracking of low-density polyethylene (LDPE) was thoroughly followed in a FTIR operando study to examine the catalytic efficiency of purely microporous zeolites of various textural characteristics. To provide complementary and valuable information on the catalytic activity of the zeolite studied, the thermogravimetric analysis results were compared with yields of the products generated under operating conditions. The reaction products were analyzed via GC–MS to determine the hydrocarbon chain distribution in terms of paraffin, olefins, and aromatics. The individual impact of textural and acidic parameters on catalytic parameters was assessed. The accumulation of bridging hydroxyls of high strength in the zeolite benefited the decrease in polymer decomposition temperature. Through a strategic comparison of purely microporous zeolites, we showed that the catalytic cracking of LDPE is dominated by the acidic feature inherent to the microporous environment. View Full-Text
Keywords: hierarchical zeolites; FTIR operando spectroscopy; polyethylene cracking hierarchical zeolites; FTIR operando spectroscopy; polyethylene cracking
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Pyra, K.; Tarach, K.A.; Janiszewska, E.; Majda, D.; Góra-Marek, K. Evaluation of the Textural Parameters of Zeolite Beta in LDPE Catalytic Degradation: Thermogravimetric Analysis Coupled with FTIR Operando Studies. Molecules 2020, 25, 926.

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