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Morphology-Dependent Properties of Cu/CeO2 Catalysts for the Water-Gas Shift Reaction

State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resources Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029, China
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Academic Editors: Enrique Rodríguez-Castellón, Agustín Bueno-López and Elisa Moretti
Catalysts 2017, 7(2), 48;
Received: 4 January 2017 / Revised: 20 January 2017 / Accepted: 26 January 2017 / Published: 5 February 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ceria-based Catalysts)
CeO2 nanooctahedrons, nanorods, and nanocubes were prepared by the hydrothermal method and were then used as supports of Cu-based catalysts for the water-gas shift (WGS) reaction. The chemical and physical properties of these catalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), N2 adsorption/desorption, UV-Vis spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), hydrogen temperature-programmed reduction (H2-TPR) and in situ diffuse reflectance infra-red fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFTS) techniques. Characterization results indicate that the morphology of the CeO2 supports, originating from the selective exposure of different crystal planes, has a distinct impact on the dispersion of Cu and the catalytic properties. The nanooctahedron CeO2 catalyst (Cu-CeO2-O) showed the best dispersion of Cu, the largest amount of moderate copper oxide, and the strongest Cu-support interaction. Consequently, the Cu-CeO2-O catalyst exhibited the highest CO conversion at the temperature range of 150–250 °C when compared with the nanocube and nanorod Cu-CeO2 catalysts. The optimized Cu content of the Cu-CeO2-O catalysts is 10 wt % and the CO conversion reaches 91.3% at 300 °C. A distinctive profile assigned to the evolution of different types of carbonate species was observed in the 1000–1800 cm−1 region of the in situ DRIFTS spectra and a particular type of carbonate species was identified as a potential key reaction intermediate at low temperature. View Full-Text
Keywords: Cu/CeO2 catalysts; WGS reaction; morphology dependence; metal-support interaction Cu/CeO2 catalysts; WGS reaction; morphology dependence; metal-support interaction
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Ren, Z.; Peng, F.; Li, J.; Liang, X.; Chen, B. Morphology-Dependent Properties of Cu/CeO2 Catalysts for the Water-Gas Shift Reaction. Catalysts 2017, 7, 48.

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