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Gaseous Nitric Acid Activated Graphite Felts as Hierarchical Metal-Free Catalyst for Selective Oxidation of H2S

Institute of Chemistry and Processes for Energy, Environment and Health (ICPEES), ECPM, UMR 7515 CNRS-University of Strasbourg, 25 rue Becquerel, 67087 Strasbourg CEDEX 02, France
Ha Noi University of Mining and Geology, 18 Pho Vien, Duc Thang, Bac Tu Liem, Ha Noi, Viet-Nam
The University of Da-Nang, University of Science and Technology, 54 Nguyen Luong Bang, Da-Nang, Viet-Nam
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Catalysts 2018, 8(4), 145;
Received: 5 March 2018 / Revised: 29 March 2018 / Accepted: 30 March 2018 / Published: 4 April 2018
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In this study, we reported on the influence of gaseous HNO3 treatment on the formation of defects decorated with oxygenated functional groups on commercial graphite felts (GFs). The gaseous acid treatment also leads to a remarkable increase of the specific as well as effective surface area through the formation of a highly porous graphite structure from dense graphite filamentous. The as-synthesized catalyst was further used as a metal-free catalyst in the selective oxidation of H2S in industrial waste effluents. According to the results, the defects decorated with oxygenated groups were highly active for performing selective oxidation of H2S into elemental sulfur. The desulfurization activity was relatively high and extremely stable as a function of time on stream which indicated the high efficiency of these oxidized un-doped GFs as metal-free catalysts for the selective oxidation process. The high catalytic performance was attributed to both the presence of structural defects on the filamentous carbon wall, which acting as a dissociative adsorption center for the oxygen, and the oxygenated functional groups, which could play the role of active sites for the selective oxidation process. View Full-Text
Keywords: gas-phase oxidation; HNO3; hierarchical graphite felts; selective oxidation; H2S gas-phase oxidation; HNO3; hierarchical graphite felts; selective oxidation; H2S

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Xu, Z.; Duong-Viet, C.; Ba, H.; Li, B.; Truong-Huu, T.; Nguyen-Dinh, L.; Pham-Huu, C. Gaseous Nitric Acid Activated Graphite Felts as Hierarchical Metal-Free Catalyst for Selective Oxidation of H2S. Catalysts 2018, 8, 145.

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