Characterization of γ-alumina-supported manganese oxide as an incineration catalyst for trichloroethylene

Ting Ke Tseng, Hsin Chu, Han Hsuan Hsu

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Trichloroethylene (TCE) decomposition over a MnOx/γ-Al2O3 catalyst in a fixed-bed reactor was conducted in this study. The MnOx/γ-Al2O3 powders were prepared by the incipient wetness impregnation method with aqueous solution of manganese nitrate. The catalysts were characterized by DTA-TGA, XRD, porosity analysis, SEM, EDX, and XPS. The results show that the main distinct weight loss is found at the temperature around 373 and 873 K, the MnO peaks (2θ = 34.9° and 40.5°) are only observed crystal phase on the fresh catalyst, the SEM image of the MnOx-impregnated γ-Al2O3 support is much different from the calcined catalyst, and the Mn element quantity on the catalyst surface is higher than that of the impregnated support. The products and reactants distributions from the oxidation of TCE over MnOx/γ-Al2O3 were analyzed by GC. The results show that the TCE conversion starts from 5% at 443 K and rises to very high values in the 673-873 K ranges and that the CO2 yield also pushes to 99% at the same temperature ranges. HCl and Cl2 are the other main products with little halogenated VOC intermediates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-176
Number of pages6
JournalEnvironmental Science and Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry


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