Studies on the redox behaviour of La1.867Th0.100CuO4 and its catalytic performance for NO decomposition

L. Z. Gao, C. T. Au*

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La1.867Th0.100CuO4 was prepared by means of the citric acid complexing method. The reduction-oxidation (redox) properties of this composite oxide have been investigated by using the XRD, TGA, EPR, TPD, and SEM methods. The fresh (non-reduced) La1.867Th0.100CuO4 catalyst is single phase with tetragonal K2NiF4-type structure. There were three reduction steps observed over La1.867Th0.100CuO4 in the temperature ranges of 25-100, 100-300, and 300-500°C, respectively. After reduction at 300°C, the material still retained its original single phase but there were oxygen vacancies generated in the lattice. After reduction at 500°C, it decomposed to a mixture of oxides In the course of reduction, trapped electrons were generated. During the oxidation of the reduced sample, O2- was detected Apparently, oxygen vacancies are able to stabilise O2- on the surface of the catalyst. NO adsorption on both the fresh and reduced La1.867Th0.100CuO4 samples generated NO radicals and O2- species. On a La1.867Th0.100CuO4 sample reduced at 300°C, [O2NO2]2- was generated in NO adsorption and decomposed to N2 and O2- at ca. 730°C. After reduction, the O2- inside the La1.867Th0.100CuO4 lattice became more mobile and participated in the decomposition of [O2NO2]2-. The fresh (non-reduced) La1.867Th0.100CuO4 sample with cation defects in its lattice shows higher NO decomposition activity than the fresh La2CuO4 sample in which there are no cation defects. The 300°C-reduced La1.867Th0.100CuO4 with cation defects and oxygen vacancies is more active than the fresh one for NO decomposition. The redox action between Cu+ and Cu2+ is an essential process for NO decomposition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-98
Number of pages8
JournalCatalysis Letters
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2000

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • LaThCuO
  • Redox behaviour
  • NO decomposition


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