Noble-Metal-Based Catalysts Supported on Zeolites and Macro-Mesoporous Metal Oxide Supports for the Total Oxidation of Volatile Organic Compounds

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  • Tarek Barakat,

    1. Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale, Unité de chimie environnementale et interactions sur le vivant (UCEIV)E. A. 4492, 145 Avenue Maurice Schumann, 59140 Dunkerque (France), Fax: (+33) 3 28 65 82 39
    2. Université Lille Nord de France, 1bis rue Georges Lefèvre, 59044 Lille (France)
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  • Dr. Joanna C. Rooke,

    1. Laboratory of Inorganic Materials Chemistry, University of Namur (FUNDP), 61 Rue de Bruxelles, 5000 Namur (Belgium), Fax: (+32) 81 72 45 31
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  • Dr. Haingomalala Lucette Tidahy,

    1. Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale, Unité de chimie environnementale et interactions sur le vivant (UCEIV)E. A. 4492, 145 Avenue Maurice Schumann, 59140 Dunkerque (France), Fax: (+33) 3 28 65 82 39
    2. Université Lille Nord de France, 1bis rue Georges Lefèvre, 59044 Lille (France)
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  • Dr. Mahsa Hosseini,

    1. Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale, Unité de chimie environnementale et interactions sur le vivant (UCEIV)E. A. 4492, 145 Avenue Maurice Schumann, 59140 Dunkerque (France), Fax: (+33) 3 28 65 82 39
    2. Université Lille Nord de France, 1bis rue Georges Lefèvre, 59044 Lille (France)
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  • Dr. Renaud Cousin,

    1. Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale, Unité de chimie environnementale et interactions sur le vivant (UCEIV)E. A. 4492, 145 Avenue Maurice Schumann, 59140 Dunkerque (France), Fax: (+33) 3 28 65 82 39
    2. Université Lille Nord de France, 1bis rue Georges Lefèvre, 59044 Lille (France)
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  • Prof. Jean-François Lamonier,

    1. Université Lille Nord de France, 1bis rue Georges Lefèvre, 59044 Lille (France)
    2. Université Lille 1, Unité de Catalyse et Chimie du Solide, UMR CNRS 8181, 59625 Villeneuve d'Ascq (France)
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  • Dr. Jean-Marc Giraudon,

    1. Université Lille Nord de France, 1bis rue Georges Lefèvre, 59044 Lille (France)
    2. Université Lille 1, Unité de Catalyse et Chimie du Solide, UMR CNRS 8181, 59625 Villeneuve d'Ascq (France)
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  • Prof. Guy De Weireld,

    1. Université de Mons, Laboratoire de Thermodynamique, 31 Boulevard Dolez, 7000 Mons (Belgium)
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  • Prof. Bao-Lian Su,

    Corresponding author
    1. Laboratory of Inorganic Materials Chemistry, University of Namur (FUNDP), 61 Rue de Bruxelles, 5000 Namur (Belgium), Fax: (+32) 81 72 45 31
    • Laboratory of Inorganic Materials Chemistry, University of Namur (FUNDP), 61 Rue de Bruxelles, 5000 Namur (Belgium), Fax: (+32) 81 72 45 31
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  • Prof. Stéphane Siffert

    Corresponding author
    1. Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale, Unité de chimie environnementale et interactions sur le vivant (UCEIV)E. A. 4492, 145 Avenue Maurice Schumann, 59140 Dunkerque (France), Fax: (+33) 3 28 65 82 39
    2. Université Lille Nord de France, 1bis rue Georges Lefèvre, 59044 Lille (France)
    • Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale, Unité de chimie environnementale et interactions sur le vivant (UCEIV)E. A. 4492, 145 Avenue Maurice Schumann, 59140 Dunkerque (France), Fax: (+33) 3 28 65 82 39
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Abstract

The use of porous materials to eliminate volatile organic compounds (VOCs) has proven very effective towards achieving sustainability and environmental protection goals. The activity of zeolites and macro–mesoporous metal-oxide supports in the total oxidation of VOCs has been investigated, with and without noble-metal deposition, to develop highly active catalyst systems where the formation of by-products was minimal. The first catalysts employed were zeolites, which offered a good activity in the oxidation of VOCs, but were rapidly deactivated by coke deposition. The effects of the acido-basicity and ionic exchange of these zeolites showed that a higher basicity was related to exchanged ions with lower electronegativities, resulting in better catalytic performances in the elimination of VOCs. Following on from this work, noble metals were deposited onto macro–mesoporous metal-oxide supports to form mono and bimetallic catalysts. These were then tested in the oxidation of toluene to study their catalytic performance and their deactivation process. PdAu/TiO2 and PdAu/TiO2-ZrO280/20 catalysts demonstrated the best activity and life span in the oxidation of toluene and propene and offered the lowest temperatures for a 50 % conversion of VOCs and the lowest coke content after catalytic testing. Different characterization techniques were employed to explain the changes occurring in catalyst structure during the oxidation of toluene and propene.

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