As part of an effort to prepare a refrigerant with zero ozone depletion potential (ODP) and with a low global warming potential (GWP), the catalytic dehydrofluorination of 1,1,1,2,3-tetrafluoropropane (HFC-245eb) is performed to produce 2,3,3,3-tetrafluoropropene (HFO-1234yf). Cr2O3 prepared by the sol-gel method (Cr2O3(SG)) exhibits good catalytic activity attributable to the formation of surface chromium oxyfluoride, which exhibits better catalytic activity with high-valent chromium and a larger fluorine content. The formation of chromium oxyfluoride from chromium oxide is achieved by in-situ fluorination in the early stage of dehydrofluorination, avoiding the conventional fluorination method using toxic HF.
- Chromium oxyfluoride
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