Catalytic cracking of n-hexadecane using carbon nanostructures/nano-zeolite-y composite catalyst

Botagoz Zhuman, Shaheen Fatima Anis, Saepurahman, Gnanapragasam Singravel, Raed Hashaikeh

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Zeolite-based catalysts are usually utilized in the form of a composite with binders, such as alumina, silica, clay, and others. However, these binders are usually known to block the accessibility of the active sites in zeolites, leading to a decreased effective surface area and agglomeration of zeolite particles. The aim of this work is to utilize carbon nanostructures (CNS) as a binding material for nano-zeolite-Y particles. The unique properties of CNS, such as its high surface area, thermal stability, and flexibility of its fibrous structure, makes it a promising material to hold and bind the nano-zeolite particles, yet with a contemporaneous accessibility of the reactants to the porous zeolite structure. In the current study, a nano-zeolite-Y/CNS composite catalyst was fabricated through a ball milling approach. The catalyst possesses a high surface area of 834 m2 /g, which is significantly higher than the conventional commercial cracking catalysts. Using CNS as a binding material provided homogeneous distribution of the zeolite nanoparticles with high accessibility to the active sites and good mechanical stability. In addition, CNS was found to be an effective binding material for nano-zeolite particles, solving their major drawback of agglomeration. The nano-zeolite-Y/CNS composite showed 80% conversion for hexadecane catalytic cracking into valuable olefins and hydrogen gas, which was 14% higher compared to that of pure nano-zeolite-Y particles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1385
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2020


  • Carbon nanostructures
  • Composite catalyst
  • Cracking
  • Nano-zeolite

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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