NO decomposition over a Pd/MgO catalyst prepared from [Pd(acac) 2]

Xianqin Wang, James J. Spivey, H. Henry Lamb

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A Pd/MgO catalyst was prepared by adsorption of palladium bis-acetylacetonate [Pd(acac)2] onto highly dehydroxylated MgO from toluene solution and subsequent reduction in flowing H2 at 300°C. The resultant catalyst was characterized by Pd K-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) spectroscopy, temperature-programmed desorption (TPD), and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy of adsorbed NO. The adsorbed [Pd(acac)2] species decomposes on heating in H2 to form 20-25 Å supported Pd particles; however, organic residues from the acetylacetonate ligands remain on the catalyst surface. The FTIR spectrum of NO adsorbed on the reduced Pd/MgO catalyst at 25°C contains one principal band at 1722 cm-1 due to atop Pd nitrosyl species. In situ XAFS of the Pd/MgO catalyst indicates that neither Pd oxidation nor particle sintering occurs during heating in flowing 1% NO/He to 300°C. NO decomposition over the Pd/MgO catalyst was investigated using temperature-programmed reaction spectroscopy (TPRS) and steady-state activity measurements. During the initial TPRS cycle in flowing 1% NO/He, nearly complete NO consumption occurs at ∼270°C due to oxidation of organic residues. O2 evolution commences at approximately 350°C, and steady-state catalytic decomposition of NO to N2 and O2 occurs at 600°C. Transient NO consumption during rapid cooling in 1% NO/He (after steady-state catalysis) is attributed to NOx adsorption on the Pd/MgO catalyst.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)261-268
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Catalysis B: Environmental
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 8 2005
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • General Environmental Science
  • Process Chemistry and Technology


  • Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy
  • NO decomposition
  • Temperature-programmed desorption
  • Temperature-programmed reaction
  • X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy


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