The temperature-programmed reaction/desorption of methanol over tungsta supported on zirconia and gamma alumina (WO3/ZrO2 and WO3/γ-Al2O3) catalysts was monitored by mass spectrometry. The selectivity toward dimethyl ether (DME) was found to increase and its desorption maxima to shift toward lower temperatures with increasing catalyst acidity. The latter was probed by diffuse reflectance infrared spectroscopy (DRIFTS) of adsorbed pyridine up to 723 K.
- Methanol temperature-programmed reaction
- Pyridine DRIFTS studies
- Supported tungsten oxides
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