New insights into alkaline metal modified CoMn-oxide catalysts for formaldehyde oxidation at low temperatures

Zhihui Wang, Bingbing Chen, Mark Crocker, Limei Yu, Chuan Shi

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Although CoMn oxides have shown promising catalytic properties in HCHO oxidation, their activities have a large space to improve especially at low temperatures (<70 °C). In the present study, Na or K doping into CoMn oxides was found to greatly enhance the low temperature activities, being one of the most active catalysts among non-noble metal catalysts. Na or K doping into CoMn oxides generates additional surface adsorbed oxygen and the amount of which has a linear relationship with the HCHO oxidation rate at 30 °C and 40 °C, which gives clear evidence of the crucial roles of surface adsorbed oxygen in HCHO oxidation. What is more, the positive effect of K doping was boosted when H2O was co-existed in the feed gas. The surface hydroxyl species generated from H2O dissociation directly participate in the HCHO oxidation, which provides a low activation energy pathway and increase the low temperature activity.

Original languageEnglish
Article number117512
JournalApplied Catalysis A: General
StatePublished - Apr 25 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The work was supported by the National Key R&D Program of China (No. 2017YFA0700103 ), National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 21932002 , 21872014 , 21707015 and 21577013 ) and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities DUT19LK04 .

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  • Alkali metal doping
  • CoMn oxide
  • HCHO oxidation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Process Chemistry and Technology


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