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Sulfation and Desulfation Behavior of Pt–BaO/MgO–Al2O3 NOx Storage Reduction Catalyst

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The comparative study between Pt–BaO/Al2O3 and Pt–BaO/MgO–Al2O3 gives the information about the effect of MgO addition to Al2O3 support on the sulfation and desulfation behavior of Pt–BaO/MgO–Al2O3 NOx storage reduction catalyst. The sulfated two samples were analyzed by using element analysis (EA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), H2 temperature programmed reaction (H2 TPRX) and NOx uptake measurement. The amount of sulfur uptake on 2 wt% Pt-20 wt% BaO/Al2O3 and 2 wt% Pt-20 wt% BaO/MgO–Al2O3 are almost identical as 0.45 and 0.40 of S/Ba, respectively, which yields the drastic decrease in NOx uptake for both sulfated samples. However, after desulfation with H2 at 600 °C, the residual sulfur amount on MgO–Al2O3 supported catalyst is three times larger than that on Al2O3 supported one, indicating that sulfur species formed on the former are more stable than those on the latter. It is also well corresponding to the H2 TPRX results where the main H2S peak from MgO–Al2O3 supported sample is observed at higher temperature than Al2O3 supported one, resulting in the lower NOx uptake activity of former sample than the latter one. Meanwhile, after desulfation of MgO–Al2O3 supported sample at 700 °C and 800 °C, the activity is recovered more significantly due to the removal of the large amount of sulfur while Al2O3 supported one decreases monotonically due to the sintering of Pt crystallite and the formation of BaAl2O4 phase. It is summarized that MgO–Al2O3 supported catalyst enhances the thermal stability of the catalyst, however, forms the stable sulfate species, which needs to be improved to develop the more sulfur resistant NSR catalyst system.
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Keywords: MgO–Al2O3; NOx Storage Reduction; Sulfur Poisoning; Thermal Durability

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: School of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Institute of Chemical Processes, Seoul National University, 1 Gwanak-Ro Gwanak-Gu, Seoul, 151-742, Republic of Korea

Publication date: May 1, 2016

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