Metal Sulfate Poisoning Effects over MnFe/TiO2 for Selective Catalytic Reduction of NO by NH3 at Low Temperature

Tsungyu Lee, Hsun-Ling Bai*

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The MnFe/TiO2 catalysts were poisoned by metal sulfates and/or ammonium sulfate to understand the SO2 poisoning effect under low-temperature selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NO with NH3. The results showed that the formation of metal sulfates had a more serious deactivation effect than that of ammonium salts on the MnFe/TiO2 catalysts. After thermal regeneration, the metal sulfates on the catalyst could not be removed so that the NOx conversion was only recovered from 17% to 35%. On the other hand, water washing was capable to remove both ammonium salts and metal sulfates, and the NOx conversion could be recovered to 88% (compared to 99% for the fresh catalyst). The analytical results of the synchrotron-based XRD, BET, NH3-TPD, and XPS revealed that lower crystallinity, lower specific surface area, lower ratio of Mn4+/Mn3+, higher surface acidity, and more chemisorbed oxygen were the main causes for the presence of metal sulfates poisoning, which then resulted in the low NOx conversion at low temperature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4848-4858
Number of pages11
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Issue number14
StatePublished - 11 Apr 2018

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