The effect of sulfur poisoning of dimethyl disulfide on the catalytic incineration over a Pt/Al2O2 catalyst

H. Chu, W. T. Lee

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Catalytic incineration was one of the cost-effective technologies to solve the troublesome VOCs. However, some sulfur containing VOCs, such as dimethyl disulfide, may deactivate the Pt catalyst that was commonly used in the catalytic incineration process. This article provides information on the poisoning effect of dimethyl disulfide. The catalytic incineration of dimethyl disulfide and ethanol, typically emitted from the petrochemical industry, over a Pt/Al2O3 fixed bed catalytic reactor were studied. The effects of operating parameters including inlet temperature, space velocity, VOCs concentration, O2 concentration and catalyst size were characterized. Catalytic incineration on a mixture of dimethyl disulfide and ethanol was also tested. The results show that the conversions of C2H5OH and (CH3)S2 increase as the inlet temperature increases and the space velocity decreases. The higher the C2H5OH concentration is, the higher its conversion is. However, the reverse is true for the case of (CH3)2S2. The O2 concentration has no effects on the conversion of C2H5OH but has a positive effect on the conversion of (CH3)2S2. (CH3)2S2 has a poisoning effect on the Pt/Al2O3 catalyst, especially at a lower temperature. The conversion of C2H5OH is significantly suppressed by the existence of (CH3)2S2 at a temperature lower than 300°C.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-224
Number of pages8
JournalScience of the Total Environment
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Jan 19

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution


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