Application of Inelastic Neutron Scattering to the Methanol-to-Gasoline Reaction Over a ZSM-5 Catalyst

Russell F. Howe, James McGregor, Stewart F. Parker, Paul Collier, David Lennon*

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Inelastic neutron scattering (INS) is used to investigate a ZSM-5 catalyst that has been exposed to methanol vapour at elevated temperature. In-line mass spectrometric analysis of the catalyst exit stream confirms methanol-to-gasoline chemistry, whilst ex situ INS measurements detect hydrocarbon species formed in/on the catalyst during methanol conversion. These preliminary studies demonstrate the capability of INS to complement infrared spectroscopic characterisation of the hydrocarbon pool present in/on ZSM-5 during the MTG reaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1242-1248
Number of pages7
JournalCatalysis Letters
Issue number7
Early online date15 Apr 2016
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2016



  • Hydrocarbon pool
  • Inelastic neutron scattering
  • Methanol
  • ZSM-5

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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