The selective reduction of NO by C3H8and the sensitivity to H2O and SO2have been studied over monolithic cordierite-based Fe/Al2O3catalysts, which were prepared by the sol–gel and impregnation method. The catalysts were investigated by N2 adsorption, X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and in situ diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFTS) techniques. Results showed that NO reduction was more than 90% in the absence of oxygen at 500 °C and in the presence of oxygen at 600 °C respectively. In a continues test of 12 h at 600 °C, 0.02% of SO2caused an irrecoverable decrease of NO conversion from 94% to 85% and 2.5% of H2O caused a drop of NO conversion from 86% to 56%, while NO conversion totally recovered when H2O was removed. The catalysts lost 15% of the initial activity after a hydrothermal treatment due to the agglomeration of iron oxide nanorods. Sulphidation treatment caused about a loss of 30% of the initial activity because of the deposited SO42−species. In situ study by DRIFTS indicated that coexisting H2O influenced the formation NO2 ad species and unidentate nitrate, while SO2 slightly inhibited the formation of NO2/NO3species but promoted the formation of acetate/formate species during NO reduction by C3H8. Based on the results, a preliminary mechanism was proposed and discussed. The results may help understand the fundamental performance of monolithic cordierite-based Fe/Al2O3catalysts and provide some reference for SCR-HC catalyst design.


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering


National Natural Science Foundation of China, Grant CJ20140008

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C H 3 8; Fe/Al O 2 3; H O 2; SCR of NO; SO 2

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01 Jan 2016