Catalytic features of Pt,Co-mordenite for the SCR of NOx monitored by DRIFT spectroscopy using adsorbed N2 as a probe

M. A. Ulla, Z. Gutierrez, E. A. Lombardo, F. Lónyi, J. Valyon

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The location of cobalt and its interaction with platinum in Pt, Co-mordenite were studied using TPR, TPD and N2 adsorption at varying pressures. The catalytic performance for the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NOx with CH4 was evaluated using a fixed-bed flow reactor. The effect of reducing, oxidizing, inert atmospheres upon the location of the extra-framework cations was also investigated. The bimetallic Pt,Co-mordenite catalyst showed better N2 selectivity than the Co-mordenite. The TPR results indicated that more than 90% of the cobalt was located at hard-to-reduce ion exchange positions. The high-pressure DRfFTS experiments, designed to give information about the adsorbed N2, indicated that both Co(OH)+ and Co2+ species were located in the main channels of the mordenite, while the residual Na+ and H+ were evenly distributed between the cation sites in the main channels and the side pockets. The small proportions of Pto and Coo formed after reduction at 350 °C were in intimate contact and promoted the conversion of NO to NO2, which is a better oxidant for methane than O2.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-237
Number of pages11
JournalApplied Catalysis A: General
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 8 2004



  • Cation location
  • Mordenite
  • NO abatement
  • Pt,Co-mordenite

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Process Chemistry and Technology

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