1. A method for reducing a heteroatom content of a hydrocarbon feed comprising the steps of:providing an adsorbent having a metal complex bound to an inorganic oxide support, wherein the metal complex is a titanyl having a titanium molecule covalently bonded to an alcohol or polyol;
contacting the adsorbent with a hydroperoxide or a peracid, forming an activated adsorbent;
contacting the activated adsorbent with the hydrocarbon feed;
binding a heteroatom present in the hydrocarbon feed to the activated adsorbent, forming a heteroatom-bound adsorbent, leaving behind a hydrocarbon feed having a reduced heteroatom content; and
separating the hydrocarbon feed having the reduced heteroatom content from the heteroatom-bound adsorbent.