IULIEAN VASILE ASAFTEI, NECULAI CATALIN LUNGU, LUCIAN MIHAIL BIRSA, IOAN GABRIEL SANDU, LAURA GABRIELA SARBU, MARIA IGNAT PERFORMANCE OF AG-HZSM-5 ZEOLITE CATALYSTS IN N-HEPTANE CONVERSION The conversion of n-heptanes into aromatic hydrocarbons benzene, toluene and xylenes (BTX), by the chromatographic pulse method in the temperature range of 673 - 823K was performed over the HZSM-5 and Ag-HZSM-5 zeolites modified by ion exchange with AgNO3 aqueous solutions. The catalysts, HZSM-5 (SiO2/Al2O3 = 33.9), and Ag-HZSM-5 (Ag1-HZSM-5 wt. % Ag1.02, Ag2-HZSM-5 wt. % Ag 1.62; and Ag3-HZSM-5 wt. % Ag 2.05 having different acid strength distribution exhibit a conversion and a yield of aromatics depending on temperature and metal content. The yield of aromatic hydrocarbons BTX appreciably increased by incorporating silver cations Ag+ into HZSM-5 .