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Quasi-Single-Layer MoS2 on MoS2/TiO2 Nanoparticles for Anthracene Hydrogenation

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posted on 24.07.2019, 12:04 by Donge Wang, Jiahe Li, Anda Zheng, Huaijun Ma, Zhendong Pan, Wei Qu, Lin Wang, Jianqiang Han, Congxin Wang, Zhijian Tian
Developing highly dispersed few stacking layer MoS2 nanocatalysts with high exposure of active sites is still a challenge in improving their catalytic activities. Herein, we report a facile strategy for fabricating quasi-single-layer (<3 layers) MoS2/TiO2 nanocatalysts by a novel one-step hydrothermal method using ammonium tetrathiomolybdate (ATM) and P25 (TiO2) as Mo precursor and highly dispersed supporter, respectively. MoS2 nanosheets on MoS2/TiO2 nanocatalysts with the quasi-single layer and slab of less than 10 nm expose maximum active sites of the catalytic anthracene hydrogenation. The results of the catalytic anthracene hydrogenation in slurry-bed reactor show that the quasi-single-layer MoS2/TiO2 nanocatalyst exhibits optimized catalytic hydrogenation performance with the selectivity to deep hydrogenation product (AH8) of 51% and hydrogenation percentage of 41.4%, which were respectively about 5.7 times and twice those of unsupported MoS2 catalyst. The outstanding catalytic activity of anathracene hydrogenation over the resultant quasi-single-layer MoS2/TiO2 can be ascribed to the superior structures of MoS2/TiO2 nanocatalysts. The uniform loading of quasi-single-layer MoS2 nanosheets onto the TiO2 can remarkably enhance the exposure of active sites and effectively avoid the self-aggregation of MoS2 nanosheets.