FeOx-supported gold catalysts for catalytic removal of formaldehyde at room temperature

Bing bing Chen, Xiao bing Zhu, Mark Crocker, Yu Wang, Chuan Shi

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FeOx-supported Au catalysts prepared by co-precipitation (CP) were investigated for catalytic HCHO oxidation. The applied calcination temperature was found to greatly influence both the chemical properties and microstructure of the catalysts. Characterization using XRD, H2-TPR and XPS suggested that lower calcination temperature improves the reducibility of the catalysts, and favors the presence of surface hydroxyl groups. Consequently, an Au/FeOx catalyst calcined at 200°C afforded 100% conversion of HCHO into CO2 and H2O at room temperature and under humid air. In situ DRIFTs studies suggested that the moisture was essential for deep oxidation of the formate intermediates into CO2 and H2O, this being the rate limiting step for catalytic HCHO oxidation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-81
Number of pages9
JournalApplied Catalysis B: Environmental
StatePublished - Jul 2014

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Funding Information:
The work was supported by the National Natural Foundation of China (Nos. 21073024 and 21373037), Natural Science Foundation of Liaoning Province (No. 201102034) and by the Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University (NCET-07-0136), as well as by the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (No. DUT12LK23).


  • Catalytic oxidation
  • Formaldehyde
  • Gold
  • Iron oxide
  • Room temperature

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Environmental Science (all)
  • Process Chemistry and Technology


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