Promotional effect of titanium on the catalytic performance of anodic alumina supported silver catalyst for the selective reduction of NO with propene

Jian Chen, Yu Guo*, Nobuhisa Uesawa, Lu Zhou, Huabo Li, Yi Yao, Qi Zhang, Weiyong Ying, Makoto Sakurai, Hideo Kameyama

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A series of anodic alumina supported silver/titanium catalysts (Ag/Ti/Al2O3) were synthesized to in-vestigate the effect of Ti on the selective catalytic reduction of NO with propene. In the low temperature region, the SCR activity was greatly enhanced on Ag/Ti/Al2O3 compared to Ag/Al2O3, and this promotion became more significant with increasing Ti loading. Adding Ti to an anodic alumina support did not cause obvious improvement of activity, indicating that the presence of Ti acted as a catalytic promoter of Ag, but did not directly participate in the SCR reaction. The result of NOx-TPD in flowing He showed that no obvious difference in the desorption performance of ads-NOx species was found between Ag/Al2O3 and Ag/Ti/Al2O3. However, in flowing O2/C3H6/He the desorption peak of nitrate species was decreased by about 50°C when Ti was present. The promoted partial oxidation of the reduc-ing agent was believed to be a main reason. The result of H2-TPR suggested that besides Ag+ ion and metallic Ag another type of silver existed in Ag/Ti/Al2O3, possibly a moderately agglomerated Agnδ+ cluster. Additionally, in comparison with the SO2-aged Ag/Al2O3 catalyst, the SO2-aged Ag/Ti/Al2O3 catalyst provided a favorable tolerance to SO2 poisoning, and led to higher activity. A relatively lower SO2 ad-sorption amount and a faster reduction rate of sulfate species by propene were considered to be a reason-able interpretation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)172-183
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Chemical Engineering of Japan
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 20 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Anodic alumina support
  • Promotional effect
  • Selective catalytic reduction
  • Silver
  • Titanium

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  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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