• Nor Aiza Abdul Fatah Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
  • Sugeng Triwahyono Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
  • Aishah Abdul Jalil Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia




Molybdenum oxide, pyridine, Lewis acid, protonic acid site, n-heptane isomerization


Skeletal isomerization of alkanes into the corresponding branched isomers has attracted many attentions as a reaction to produce clean fuel with high octane quality. In this study, molybdenum oxide (MoO3) catalyst supported on mesostructured silica nanoparticles (MSN), HZSM-5 and MCM-41 activity were being tested towards n-heptane isomerization at 623 K. The catalyst acidity was characterized by using FTIR pre-adsorb pyridine. The results showed that MoO3-MSN possesses highest Lewis acid and lowest Brönsted acid concentrations. The catalytic testing towards n-heptane isomerization showed that MoO3-MSN exhibited the highest n-heptane conversion of 18.7 % at 623 K. It was suggested that the high Lewis acid in the MoO3-MSN may facilitate the formation of active protonic acid sites from molecular hydrogen through hydrogen spillover mechanism and hence improves the n-heptane conversion.


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How to Cite

EFFECT OF SUPPORT ON MOLYBDENUM OXIDE ACIDITY FOR N-HEPTANE ISOMERIZATION. (2016). Jurnal Teknologi, 78(8-3). https://doi.org/10.11113/jt.v78.9561