Negatively Charged Single-Atom Pt Catalyst Shows Superior SO2 Tolerance in NOx Reduction by CO

Yongjun Ji*, Shaomian Liu, Shaojia Song, Wenqing Xu*, Liang Li, Yu Zhang, Wenxing Chen, Huifang Li, Jingang Jiang*, Tingyu Zhu, Zhenxing Li*, Ziyi Zhong, Dingsheng Wang, Guangwen Xu, Fabing Su*

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Pt-based catalysts are promising for the selective catalytic reduction of NOx by CO (CO-SCR), but some technical issues hinder their practical application, including the high Pt loading needed, high reduction temperature, and the low tolerance toward SO2. Here, we report a novel Pt catalyst for CO-SCR, which has negatively charged single-atom Pt embedded on CuO squares, and the latter is supported on CoAlO nanosheets. This Pt–CuO/CoAlO catalyst with an ultra-low Pt loading (0.02 wt %) exhibited 91% NO conversion and 80% N2 selectivity in 3% O2 at 200 °C. More importantly, it showed almost no activity loss in 200 ppm SO2 over a 15 h test. The theoretical calculations reveal that the negatively charged Pt has a stronger NO adsorption ability than the positively charged Pt, and Cu serves as the CO adsorption site. The much-weakened SO2 adsorption on Pt–CuO/CoAlO relative to the NO and CO adsorption effectively avoids the catalyst poisoning by SO2.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)224-236
JournalACS Catalysis
StatePublished - 14 Dec 2022


  • Pt-based catalysts
  • hydrotalcite-like oxide
  • negatively charged Pt atoms
  • NOx reduction by CO
  • SO2 tolerance


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