Desulfurization by adsorption with copper supported on zirconia

P. Baeza, G. Aguila, F. Gracia, P. Araya

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Copper supported on zirconia was used to separate low thiophene concentration from a mixture of 2000 ppmw of thiophene in n-octane at room temperature and atmospheric pressure. The results show that the capacity of copper on zirconia to adsorb thiophene increases as the copper content increases, reaching a maximum at a concentration of 3% of copper. The adsorption capacity also depends on the treatment used, and the higher capacities are observed in adsorbents treated with a flow of N2O at 90 °C. These samples possess a notable saturation adsorption capacities of 0.49 mmol of thiophene per grams of adsorbent.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)751-755
Number of pages5
JournalCatalysis Communications
Issue number5
StatePublished - 20 Mar 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Adsorption
  • Copper
  • Thiophene
  • Zirconia


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