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Title: DFT Insights into the Competitive Adsorption of Sulfur- and Nitrogen-Containing Compounds and Hydrocarbons on Co-Promoted Molybdenum Sulfide Catalysts

The adsorption of 20 nitrogen-/sulfur-containing and hydrocarbon compounds on the sulfur edge of cobalt-promoted molybdenum sulfide (CoMoS) catalyst was studied using density functional theory, accounting for van der Waals interactions, to elicit comparative structure–property trends across different classes of molecules relevant to hydrotreating. Unhindered organosulfur compounds preferentially adsorb on a “CUS-like” site formed by the dimerization of two neighboring sulfur atoms on the edge to create a vacancy. Nitrogen-containing compounds and 4,6-dimethyldibenzothiophene, however, prefer the brim sites. Binding energy trends indicate that nitrogen-containing compounds will inhibit hydrodesulfurization on the brim sites and, relatively weakly, on the CUS-like sites. Edge vacancies are,thus, likely to be essential for hydrodesulfurization of unhindered organosulfur compounds. Furthermore, van der Waals forces contribute significantly to the binding energy of compounds (up to 1.0 eV for large compounds such as alkyl-substituted acridines) on CoMoS.
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  1. Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (United States). Dept. of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
FG02-05ER15731; AC02-06CH11357; AC02-05CH11231
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
ACS Catalysis
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 6; Journal Issue: 5; Journal ID: ISSN 2155-5435
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Research Org:
Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Biological and Environmental Research (BER) (SC-23); USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22); National Science Foundation (NSF)
Contributing Orgs:
Pacific Northwest national lab (PNNL); Argonne national lab (ANL); National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC); UW-Madison Center for High Throughput Computing (CHTC).
Country of Publication:
United States
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; CoMoS; density functional theory; hydrodesulfurization; organonitrogen inhibition; van der Waals interaction
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