Toluene abatement on Ag-CeO2/SBA-15 catalysts: synergistic effect of silver and ceria

N. N. Mikheeva, V. I. Zaikovskii, Y. V. Larichev, G. V. Mamontov

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As a typical volatile organic compound, toluene is a hazardous material for human health and the environment, and currently, the development of catalysts for its oxidation into CO2 and water is crucial. The series of Ag-CeO2/SBA-15 catalysts is synthesized by wetness impregnation techniques and characterized by a number of physical-chemical methods (nitrogen [N2] physisorption, small angle X-ray scattering [SAXS], transmission electron microscopy [TEM], and temperature-programmed reduction [TPR]). The toluene sorption and catalytic properties in toluene oxidation are studied. Small silver [Ag] and cerium oxide [ceria, CeO2] particles with sizes below 3 nm are predominantly formed in the ordered structure of Santa Barbara Amorphous-15 [SBA-15]. The interactions between the Ag and CeO2 nanoparticles are established. Temperature-programmed desorption of toluene [TPD-C7H8] analysis shows that physical adsorption of toluene occurs on pristine SBA-15 material, while the introduction of either silver or ceria to SBA-15 leads to the appearance of additional strongly bound chemisorbed toluene on such sites. When both Ag and CeO2 are introduced, only chemisorbed toluene is formed over the Ag-CeO2/SBA-15 catalyst, and the highest catalytic activity in toluene oxidation is observed over this catalyst (T98% = 233 °C, 0.2% C6H5CH3) that is attributed to the synergistic effect of ceria [CeO2] and silver [Ag].

Original languageEnglish
Article number100530
JournalMaterials Today Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021


  • Ag-CeOinterface
  • Silver catalysts
  • Toluene chemisorption
  • Toluene oxidation
  • VOCs




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