Abatement of nitrous oxide over natural and iron modified natural zeolites

Ayten Ates, Andreas Reitzmann, Christopher Hardacre, Huseyin Yalcin

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    The natural zeolite obtained from the Sivas-Yavu region in Turkey and iron modified forms were studied for the decomposition of N2O and selective catalytic reduction of N2O with NH3. The natural and iron modified zeolites were characterised by XRD, SEM, H2-TPR, NH3-TPD and low temperature nitrogen sorption. The effect iron loading, precursor and valency on the catalytic performance of catalysts were studied. The catalytic activity of the zeolites increased up to about 7.0 wt.% Fe. Above this value, the activity decreased as a result of a reduction in the surface area and pore volume of the zeolite. The highest catalytic activity was observed using catalysts prepared with FeCl2 due to the formation of more reducible iron species in the zeolites. When FeSO4 was used as the iron precursor, sulphate remained on the surface even after extensive washing resulting in a decrease in the N2O decomposition activity and a shift the N2O reduction temperature to higher values. Since the natural and iron exchanged natural zeolites prepared using FeCl2 have comparable activity with synthetic zeolites, the offer a promising alternative catalyst for the abatement of N2O, particularly for the selective reduction of N2O with NH3.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)67-75
    Number of pages9
    JournalApplied Catalysis A: General
    Issue number1-2
    Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2011


    • Ammonia
    • Decomposition
    • Natural zeolite
    • Nitrous oxide
    • Selective catalytic reduction


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