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A Novel Synthetic Route to Prepare High Surface Area Mayenite Catalyst for TCE Oxidation

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Department of Chemistry and Biology, University of Salerno, via Giovanni Paolo II 132, 84084 Fisciano (SA), Italy
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Instituto de Tecnología Química, Universitat Politècnica de València-CSIC, 46022 Valencia, Spain
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Department of Earth, Environmental and Physical Sciences (DEEP Sciences), University of Siena, Pian dei Mantellini 44, 53100 Siena, Italy
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Catalysts 2019, 9(1), 27; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal9010027
Received: 27 November 2018 / Revised: 22 December 2018 / Accepted: 24 December 2018 / Published: 1 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Catalysts for Oxidative Destruction of Volatile Organic Compounds)
Mayenite (Ca12Al14O33) was synthesized by a novel route based on the use of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) as a soft templating agent. The material was tested for the total oxidation of trichloroethylene in the gas phase and the catalytic performance was analysed when using different initial amounts of PMMA in the catalyst synthesis. The results were compared with those obtained with a mayenite synthetized by a classical hydrothermal method. The highest activity in terms of TCE conversion was achieved in the presence of mayenite prepared using 10% w/w of PMMA; its activity was also higher than that of the hydrothermal mayenite. The surface area and the number of superoxide anions (O2) seem to be the main properties determining the catalytic activity of the material. View Full-Text
Keywords: Mayenite; TCE; PMMA; catalytic oxidation Mayenite; TCE; PMMA; catalytic oxidation
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Intiso, A.; Martinez-Triguero, J.; Cucciniello, R.; Proto, A.; Palomares, A.E.; Rossi, F. A Novel Synthetic Route to Prepare High Surface Area Mayenite Catalyst for TCE Oxidation. Catalysts 2019, 9, 27.

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