Structure, Characterization, and Dynamic Performance of a Wet Air Oxidation Catalyst Cu-Fe-La/γ-Al2O3 ☆

Research paper by Yongli Zhang, Feng Peng, Yanbo Zhou

Indexed on: 14 Mar '16Published on: 24 Feb '16Published in: Chinese Journal of Chemical Engineering


A Cu-Fe-La/γ-Al2O3 (CFLA) catalyst was prepared by the excessive impregnation method and characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The results indicate that the catalyst contained mostly Cu2 +, Fe3 +, and La3 + and a small amount of Cu+, Fe2 +, and La. The active components were uniformly distributed in the catalyst, and the particle size of the components was approximately 7.5 nm. The CFLA catalyst was used for the treatment of methyl orange (MO) solution by catalytic wet air oxidation (CWAO), and it exhibited a high catalytic activity. The catalytic reaction involved variable valence states of metals and free-radical reaction mechanism. The CWAO reaction of MO solution was fitted by a segmented first-order dynamic model, and the rapid reaction apparent activation energy was 13.9 kJ·mol− 1.

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