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Preparation, characterization and catalytic applications of ZrO 2 supported on low cost SBA15

Preparation, characterization and catalytic applications of ZrO 2 supported on low cost SBA15,10.1007/s10450-010-9315-1,Adsorption-journal of The Inte

Preparation, characterization and catalytic applications of ZrO 2 supported on low cost SBA15  
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This work presents some applications of ZrO2 supported over SBA-15 silica as promoter of sulfated zirconia and as support from CuO/CeO2 catalytic system for preferential oxidation of CO to CO2 in hydrogen rich streams, used as feed for proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC). Different amounts of ZrO2, from 10 to 30 wt.% were incorporated. These prepared materials were characterized by powder XRD, adsorption-desorption of N2 at 77 K, transmission and scanning electron microscopy (TEM and SEM) and X-rays photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The acidity was studied by thermo-programmed desorption of ammonia (NH3-TPD). These materials were tested, after treatment with H2SO4, by 2-propanol dehydration and 1-butene isomerization catalytic tests. The samples were found quite good catalyst with strong acid sites, the sample with 20 wt.% of ZrO2 being the better performing sample. Finally this material was successfully used as support for a CuO/CeO2 system, with 6 wt.% of Cu and 20 wt.% of Ce. The resulting catalyst was tested in the preferential oxidation of CO (CO-PROX) attaining conversions close to 100% and high selectivity to CO2.
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