Nickel sulfide nanoparticles on alumina and unsupported for p-chloroaniline production

A. Olivas*, J. R. Rodríguez, F. Cardenas-Lizana, M. Cota-Leal, M. A. Keane

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Due to the need for producing intermediate chemicals such as p-chloroaniline (p-CA) using more environmentally friendly and efficient processes, nanostructured nickel and nickel sulfide-based catalysts were synthesized and studied. The selective p-chloronitrobenzene (p-CNB) gas-phase hydrogenation to produce p-CA was tested. The catalysts were characterized by N2 physisorption (SBET), temperature-programmed reduction (TPR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The catalytic activity was evaluated in terms of conversion and selectivity towards p-CNB and p-CA, respectively. Based on the experimental results, the addition of sulfur promoted the selectivity towards p-CA in a range of temperature from 120 to 220 ºC. The selectivity towards p-CA was close to 100 %, avoiding the formation of undesirable side products. Therefore, it is suggested that sulfured-Ni based catalysts increase the surface acidity, which allowed improved hydrogenolysis of the N-O bond.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-352
Number of pages16
JournalChalcogenide Letters
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2022


  • Hydrogenation
  • Ni-based catalysts
  • p-chloroaniline (p-CA)
  • p-chloronitrobenzene (p-CNB)
  • Sol-gel method
  • Solvothermal method

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • General Chemistry
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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