Factors influencing the temperature-programmed reduction profiles of vanadium pentoxide

Hans Bosch, Bert J. Kip, Jan G. van Ommen, Paul J. Gellings

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The temperature-programmed reduction (t.p.r.) of bulk V2O5 has been examined as part of a study of the reducibility of V2O5-containing catalysts. T.p.r. profiles have been studied as a function of flow rate, heating rate and sample weight. From experiments at different flow rates it is concluded that the order of the reduction rate in hydrogen is low or even zero. A rule of thumb has been derived to provide an easy check on possible exhaustion of hydrogen in the feed. The influence of sample weight and heating rate is explained in terms of the formation of water in the sample during reduction. The reduction of bulk V2O5 to V2O3 proceeds in several steps; intermediate species include V6O13 and VO2. The apparent activation energy of ca. 200 kJ mol-1 indicates that solid-state diffusion influences the reduction process of V2O5.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2479-2488
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the Chemical Society, Faraday Transactions 1: Physical Chemistry Phases
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1984


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