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Fuel Volume 87, Issues 10–11, August 2008, Pages 1917–1926
A Pt/γ-Al2O3 catalyst was tested in simultaneous hydrodesulfurization (HDS) of dibenzothiophene and hydrodearomatization (HDA) of naphthalene reactions. Samples of it were subjected to different pretreatments: reduction, reduction–sulfidation, sulfidation with pure H2S and non-activation. The reduced catalyst presented the best performance, even comparable to that of Co(Ni)Mo catalysts. All catalyst samples were selective to the HDS reaction over HDA, and to the direct desulfurization pathway of dibenzothiophene HDS over the hydrogenation reaction pathway of HDS. The effect of H2S partial pressure on the functionalities of the reduced Pt/γ-Al2O3 catalyst was studied. The results showed that an increase in H2S partial pressure does not cause poisoning, but an inhibition effect, without changing the catalyst selectivity. Accordingly, the activity trends were ascribed to adsorption differences between the different reactive molecules over the same catalytic active site. TPR characterization along with a thermodynamics analysis showed that the active phase of reduced Pt/γ-Al2O3 is constituted by Pt0 particles. However, presulfidation of the catalyst leads to a mixture of PtS and Pt0 which has a negative effect on the catalytic performance without changing catalyst functionalities.