Relevance of the Co1-xNixWO4 wolframite-type mixed oxide compositions on the synthesis and catalytic properties of W-based carbides

Sergio L. González-Cortés*, Tian Cun Xiao, Pedro M.F.J. Costa, Serbia M.A. Rodulfo-Baechler, Malcolm L.H. Green

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A series of wolframite-type oxides (Co1-xNixWO 4) with various compositions was prepared by urea-matrix combustion method and subsequently carburized using a temperature-programmed reaction (1 °C min-1) under a mixture of 10 vol.% C2H 6/H2, from room temperature to 700 °C, to obtain a mixed Co, Ni and W carbide catalysts. The catalytic performance was evaluated in a continuous flow reactor using hydrodenitrogenation of pyridine as model reaction. The wolframite-type oxides and the carbide catalysts pre- and post-HDN reaction were characterized using elemental analysis, X-ray diffraction (XRD), laser Raman spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), differential scanning calorimetric (DSC), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and BET surface area measurements. Urea-matrix combustion method is a convenient tool to prepare highly pure wolframite-type oxides, whose composition affects strongly the W-based carbide phase distribution and the HDN catalytic behaviour. At Ni compositions lower than Co contents the formation of Co3W 3C and β-W2C carbides is favoured, whereas at Ni compositions greater than those of Co the main phases were Ni and α-WC. At intermediate composition (Co0.5Ni0.5WCx) bimetallic and monometallic carbides were formed. The CoWCx bimetallic catalyst showed greater activity in the steady state than Ni-containing catalysts. The HDN active phase present in CoWCx is different than that present in the Ni-containing catalysts, that is, carbon-metal bond strength of the bimetallic carbide, for the former, and metal nickel or weak NiC bond, for the latter, play a very important role in the catalytic process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-134
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Sep 1 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Carbide characterization
  • Co and Ni-containing W-based carbides
  • Pyridine-hydrodenitrogenation reaction
  • Wolframite-type mixed oxides

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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