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A General Strategy for Fabricating Isolated Single Metal Atomic Site Catalysts in Y Zeolite

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posted on 2019-05-22, 00:00 authored by Yiwei Liu, Zhi Li, Qiuying Yu, Yanfei Chen, Ziwei Chai, Guofeng Zhao, Shoujie Liu, Weng-Chon Cheong, Yuan Pan, Qinghua Zhang, Lin Gu, Lirong Zheng, Yu Wang, Yong Lu, Dingsheng Wang, Chen Chen, Qing Peng, Yunqi Liu, Limin Liu, Jiesheng Chen, Yadong Li
Exploring high-performance zeolite-supported metal catalysts is of great significance. Herein, we develop a strategy for fabricating isolated single metal atomic site catalysts in Y zeolite (M-ISAS@Y, M = Pt, Pd, Ru, Rh, Co, Ni, Cu) by in situ separating and confining a metal–ethanediamine complex into β-cages during the crystallization process followed by thermal treatment. The M-ISAS are stabilized by skeletal oxygens of Y zeolite, and the crystallinity, porosity, and large surface area are well inherited in M-ISAS@Y. As a demonstration, acidic Pt-ISAS@Y is used for n-hexane isomerization involving consecutive catalytic dehydrogenation/hydrogenation on Pt-ISAS and isomerization on Brønsted acid sites. The turnover frequency value of Pt-ISAS reaches 727 h–1, 5 times more than Pt nanoparticles (∼3.5 nm), with a total isomer selectivity of more than 98%. This strategy provides a convenient route to fabricate promising zeolite-based M-ISAS catalysts for industrial applications.