Direct synthesis of TiO2-supported MoS2 nanoparticles by reductive coprecipitation

L. van Haandel, J.W. Geus, T. Weber

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Molybdenum disulfide nanoparticles supported on titania were synthesized from aqueous solutions containing Ti and Mo precursor salts by an in situ redox reaction. The synthesis involves a redox process between Ti3+ and MoS42−, which proceeds readily under mild conditions in aqueous solution. Catalysts were made in a single step, yielding amorphous catalysts with high Mo content, or in two steps to obtain MoS2 supported on well-defined TiO2 with lower Mo content. Catalysts obtained by single-step reductive coprecipitation were highly active in the hydrodesulfurization of dibenzothiophene, exceeding the activity of an alumina-supported Co–Mo reference. In contrast to alumina-supported catalysts, the addition of Co as promoter did not enhance the catalytic activity of MoS2/TiO2 to the same extent (+30 %) as for alumina-supported Co–Mo catalysts. Instead, a change in selectivity towards hydrogenolysis products at the expense of hydrogenation products was observed. It is suggested that Ti may act as a promoter for MoS2 in hydrogenation reactions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1367-1372
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 23 Feb 2016


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