Flame spray pyrolysis (FSP) of Bi(III)-and Mo(VI)-2-ethylhexanoate dissolved in xylene resulted in various nanocrystalline bismuth molybdate phases depending on the Bi/Mo ratio. Besides alpha-Bi2Mo3O12 and gamma-Bi2MoO6, FSP gave direct access to the metastable beta-Bi2Mo2O9 phase with high surface area (19 m(2) g(-1)). This phase is normally only obtained at high calcination temperatures (>560 degrees C) resulting in lower surface areas. The beta-phase was stable up to 400 degrees C and showed superior catalytic performance compared to alpha- and gamma-phases in selective oxidation of propylene to acrolein at temperatures relevant for industrial applications (360 degrees C).
Chemical Communications, 2014, Vol 50, Issue 97, p. 15404-15406
CHEMISTRY,; SURFACE-AREA; GAMMA-PHASE; BETA-PHASE; OXIDE; NANOPARTICLES; BI2MO3O12; KINETICS; SYSTEM