Catalytic oxidation of gas-phase mercury over Co/TiO2 catalysts prepared by sol–gel method
Co/TiO2 catalysts prepared by sol–gel method were studied for gas-phase mercury oxidation in this paper. Experimental results revealed that the optimal loading of Co was 7.5%, which yielded more than 90% oxidation efficiency within the temperature range of 120–330 °C. The high activity was mainly attributed to the enrichment of well dispersed Co3O4. We also found that oxygen performed a key role in mercury oxidation process, while HCl could corrode the oxidized mercury and release it to gas phase. Thereafter, a modified Mars–Maessen mechanism was proposed and the possible simultaneous oxidization of NO and mercury was studied.
Graphical abstractFigure optionsDownload full-size imageDownload as PowerPoint slideHighlights► 7.5% Co/TiO2 catalysts had a Hg oxidation efficiency of over 90% at120-330 °C. ► NO and Hg0 could be simultaneously oxidized, and Hg0 oxidation was superior to NO. ► O2 performed a key role in Hg0 oxidation, while HCl made Hg2+ release to gas phase.
Journal: Catalysis Communications - Volume 12, Issue 14, 15 August 2011, Pages 1291–1294