MoS2–Ni Nanocomposites as Catalysts for Hydrodesulfurization of Thiophene and Thiophene Derivatives


  • This work was supported by the National NSFC (20325102 and 90406001) and 973 Program (2005 CB623607). The authors acknowledge the partial experimental analysis by Dr. Q. Xu and Dr. R. M. Wang and the thoughtful comments made by the referees. J.C. also thanks the JSPS for a Short-Term Fellowship (S-05110). Supporting Information is available online from Wiley InterScience or from the authors.


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Nanocomposites for the petroleum industry are presented. MoS2 nanotubes with Ni nanoparticles deposited on their surface (see figure) are shown to be very effective for hydrodesulfurization of thiophene and thiophene derivatives at relatively low temperatures, providing a new way of eliminating sulfur pollution and thus enabling the highly efficient and clean utilization of organosulfur compounds.