This study analyses the hydrodenitrogenation (HDN) of pyridine using a stacked bed catalyst system, composed of a first hydrogenating bed of Re/γ-Al2O3 or W/γ-Al2O3, over a second bed of Ni-Re/γ-Al2O3 (HDN bed). Using potentiometric methods, it can be seen that the Re/γ-Al2O3 shows higher acidic strength than the W/γ-Al2O3. The results show that higher activity levels are obtained working with stacked bed systems compared to the separate catalysts. These results suggest that the incorporation of the catalyst Re/γ-Al2O3 or W/γ-Al2O3 beds would favour the formation of hydrogenated intermediary products, facilitating the removal of N-containing molecules via HDN on the Ni-Re/γ-Al2O3 catalyst.
- Hydrodenitrogenation (HDN)
- Stacked beds