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Catalysts 2019, 9(4), 331;

Differences in the Catalytic Behavior of Au-Metalized TiO2 Systems During Phenol Photo-Degradation and CO Oxidation

Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Sevilla, Centro Mixto Universidad de Sevilla-CSIC, Avenida Américo Vespucio 49, 41092 Seville, Spain
Grupo de Catálisis, Escuela de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia UPTC, Avenida Central del Norte 39-115, Tunja, Boyacá, Colombia
Departamento de Química, Universidad del Tolima, Barrio Santa Elena, Ibagué 730006299, Colombia
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Received: 7 March 2019 / Revised: 25 March 2019 / Accepted: 28 March 2019 / Published: 3 April 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Catalysis by Precious Metals, Past and Future)
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For this present work, a series of Au-metallized TiO2 catalysts were synthesized and characterized in order to compare their performance in two different catalytic environments: the phenol degradation that occurs during the liquid phase and in the CO oxidation phase, which proceeds the gas phase. The obtained materials were analyzed by different techniques such as XRF, SBET, XRD, TEM, XPS, and UV-Vis DRS. Although the metallization was not totally efficient in all cases, the amount of noble metal loaded depended strongly on the deposition time. Furthermore, the differences in the amount of loaded gold were important factors influencing the physicochemical properties of the catalysts, and consequently, their performances in the studied reactors. The addition of gold represented a considerable increase in the phenol conversion when compared with that of the TiO2, despite the small amount of noble metal loaded. However, this was not the case in the CO oxidation reaction. Beyond the differences in the phase where the reaction occurred, the loss of catalytic activity during the CO oxidation reaction was directly related to the sintering of the gold nanoparticles. View Full-Text
Keywords: phenol photo-degradation; CO oxidation; Au–TiO2; gold catalysts; titania phenol photo-degradation; CO oxidation; Au–TiO2; gold catalysts; titania

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Laguna, O.H.; Murcia, J.J.; Rojas, H.; Jaramillo-Paez, C.; Navío, J.A.; Hidalgo, M.C. Differences in the Catalytic Behavior of Au-Metalized TiO2 Systems During Phenol Photo-Degradation and CO Oxidation. Catalysts 2019, 9, 331.

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