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Catalysts 2019, 9(3), 297;

Zirconia-Supported Silver Nanoparticles for the Catalytic Combustion of Pollutants Originating from Mobile Sources

CINDECA (CCT La Plata- CONICET-UNLP), Departamento de Química, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Calle 47 N° 257, La Plata, Buenos Aires 1900, Argentina
Departamento de Química, Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco, Rua Dom Manuel de Medeiros, S/N, Dois Irmãos, Recife-PE CEP 52171-900, Brasil
Departamento de Química Inorgánica, Cristalografía y Mineralogía, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Málaga, Campus de Teatinos, 29071 Málaga, España
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Received: 29 January 2019 / Revised: 11 March 2019 / Accepted: 16 March 2019 / Published: 25 March 2019
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This work presents the physicochemical characterization and activity of zirconia-supported silver catalysts for the oxidation of pollutants present in diesel engine exhaust (propane, propene, naphthalene and soot). A series of silver-supported catalysts AgxZ (x = 1, 5 and 10 wt.%, Z = zirconia) were prepared, which were studied by various characterization techniques. The results show that silver is mainly found under the form of small metal nanoparticles (<10 nm) dispersed over the support. The metallic phase coexists with the AgOx oxidic phases. Silver is introduced onto the zirconia, generating Ag–ZrO2 catalysts with high activity for the oxidation of propene and naphthalene. These catalysts also show some activity for soot combustion. Silver species can contribute with zirconia in the catalytic redox cycle, through a synergistic effect, providing sites that facilitate the migration and availability of oxygen, which is favored by the presence of structural defects. This is a novel application of the AgOx–Ag/ZrO2 system in the combustion reaction of propene and naphthalene. The results are highly promising, given that the T50 values found for both model molecules are quite low. View Full-Text
Keywords: silver nanoparticles; zirconia; hydrocarbons; diesel soot; catalytic combustion silver nanoparticles; zirconia; hydrocarbons; diesel soot; catalytic combustion

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Montaña, M.; Leguizamón Aparicio, M.S.; Ocsachoque, M.A.; Navas, M.B.; de C. L. Barros, I.; Rodriguez-Castellón, E.; Casella, M.L.; Lick, I.D. Zirconia-Supported Silver Nanoparticles for the Catalytic Combustion of Pollutants Originating from Mobile Sources. Catalysts 2019, 9, 297.

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