Benzene in Zeolite ZSM-5 studied by diffuse reflectance infrared spectroscopy

H. Paul Wang, T. Yu, Ben A. Garland, Edward M. Eyring

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The behavior of benzene molecules in ZSM-5 has been studied in detail with the use of diffuse reflectance FT-IR spectroscopy. The infrared difference spectra indicate that benzene molecules have a high selectivity for adsorption first on the most energetic (Bronsted acid) ZSM-5 sites. The existence of at least two adsorbed benzene species has also been confirmed by infrared spectroscopy. Deuterated benzene (C6D6) species located at the ZSM-5 channels and channel intersections are characterized by the C-D stretching vibrations at 2284 and 2276 cm-1, respectively. Since the high symmetry of the adsorbed benzene molecules is preserved, the framework of ZSM-5 may have been distorted. The distortion of the framework of ZSM-5 is also indicated by the red shift of the Si-O (or Al-O) asymmetric stretching vibrations (at approximately 1215 cm-1) when adsorbed benzene molecules are present.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1070-1073
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Spectroscopy
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1990

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Instrumentation
  • Spectroscopy


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