Origin of active oxygen in a ternary CuOx/Co3O4-CeO2 catalyst for CO oxidation

Zhigang Liu, Zili Wu, Xihong Peng, Andrew Binder, Songhai Chai, Sheng Dai

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    We have studied CO oxidation over a ternary CuOx/Co3O4-CeO2 catalyst and employed the techniques of N2 adsorption/desporption, XRD, TPR, TEM, in situ DRIFTS, and QMS (quadrupole mass spectrometry) to explore the origin of active oxygen. DRIFTS-QMS results with labeled 18O2 indicate that the origin of active oxygens in CuOx/Co3O4-CeO2 obeys a model, called a queue mechanism. Namely gas-phase molecular oxygens are dissociated to atomic oxygens and then incorporated in oxygen vacancies located at the interface of Co3O4-CeO2 to form active crystalline oxygens, and these active oxygens diffuse to the CO-Cu+ sites thanks to the oxygen vacancy concentration magnitude and react with the activated CO to form CO2. This process, obeying a queue rule, provides active oxygens to form CO2 from gas-phase O2 via oxygen vacancies and crystalline oxygen at the interface of Co3O4-CeO2.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)27870-27877
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
    Issue number48
    StatePublished - Dec 4 2014

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
    • General Energy
    • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
    • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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