Enhancing preferential oxidation of CO in H2 on Au/α-Fe2O3 catalyst via combination with APTES/SBA-15 CO2-sorbent

Jia Wei Desmond Ng, Ziyi Zhong*, Jizhong Luo, Armando Borgna

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Au/α-Fe2O3 was combined with a CO 2-sorbent (3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES) grafted on SBA-15 and hereafter denoted as APTES/SBA-15) to enhance preferential oxidation (PROX) of CO in H2. The CO2 molecules could be rapidly adsorbed on APTES/SBA-15 at low temperatures below 50 °C with a capacity of 0.68 mmol CO2/g-sample, and desorbed at a temperature range of 50 °C-80 °C. Three different configurations of the Au/α-Fe2O 3 catalyst and the CO2-sorbent were tested in the PROX reaction, namely (i) the sorbent-free (catalyst//SBA-15//catalyst) configuration, (ii) the packed three-layer configuration (catalyst//CO 2-sorbent//catalyst), and (iii) the mechanically mixed catalyst and CO2-sorbent configuration. Compared to configuration (i), configuration (ii) achieved an average 10% higher CO conversion at 50 °C and a GHSV of 65000 h-1. However, the CO concentration could not be lowered to below 70 ppm from 2000 ppm using configuration (ii) at a GHSV of 10000 h-1. Thus, a 5-layer configuration (catalyst//CO 2-sorbent//catalyst//CO2-sorbent//catalyst) was used, and the CO concentration was lowered to ca. 25 ppm. The mechanism for enhancement of the PROX reaction by the continuous removal of CO2 by the CO 2-sorbent is discussed and attributed to reduction of the surface carbonate on the Au/α-Fe2O3 catalyst formed during the PROX process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12724-12732
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number23
StatePublished - Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • CO-sorbent
  • Functionalized SBA-15
  • PROX reaction
  • Supported Au catalysts


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