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Environ Sci Technol. 2013 Mar 19;47(6):2777-83. doi: 10.1021/es3045949. Epub 2013 Mar 5.

Enhanced performance of NaOH-modified Pt/TiO2 toward room temperature selective oxidation of formaldehyde.

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State Key Laboratory of Advance Technology for Material Synthesis and Processing, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070, China.

Abstract

Pt/TiO(2) catalysts with various Pt loadings (0.05-2 wt %) were prepared by a combined NaOH-assisted impregnation of titania with Pt precursor and NaBH(4)-reduction. The thermal catalytic activity was evaluated toward catalytic decomposition of formaldehyde (HCHO) vapor in the presence of toluene under ambient conditions. HCHO could be selectively oxidized into CO(2) and H(2)O over Pt/TiO(2) catalysts and toluene had no change. Pt/TiO(2) catalysts prepared with the assistance of NaOH showed higher HCHO oxidation activity than those without NaOH due to the introduction of additional surface hydroxyl groups, the enhanced adsorption capacity toward HCHO, and larger mesopores and macropores facilitating diffusion and transport of reactants and products. The as-prepared Pt/TiO(2) catalysts with an optimal Pt loading of 1 wt % exhibited high catalytic stability. Considering the versatile combination of noble-metal nanoparticles and supports, this work will provide new insights to the design of high-performance catalysts for indoor air purification.

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23438899
DOI:
10.1021/es3045949
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