Selective CO oxidation in a hydrogen-rich stream over Au/γ-Al2O3 catalysts

G. K. Bethke*, H. H. Kung

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The selective oxidation of CO in a stream rich in H2 was investigated over a series of Au/γ-Al2O3 catalysts. It was found that the presence of Mg citrate in the preparation solution had a significant effect on the properties of the catalyst. Catalysts prepared without citrate contained larger Au particles, were less active catalytically, and were less selective for CO oxidation. Although the experimental uncertainties were large, there appeared to be an optimal average Au particle size of about 5-10 nm for best activity and selectivity. At 100°C, about 50% selectivity was obtained over the more selective catalysts, which depended only weakly on either O2 or CO conversion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-53
Number of pages11
JournalApplied Catalysis A: General
StatePublished - Mar 13 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Process Chemistry and Technology


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