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PublicationJournal of Hazardous Materials
Year2011
Volume192
Pages545–553
International

Reutilization of Cr-Y zeolite obtained by biosorption  in the catalytic oxidation of volatile organic compounds

Authors:Anna E. Lewandowska , Miguel A. Bañares
Groups of research:Spectroscopy and industrial catalysis

This work aims at the reutilization of a Cr-loaded NaY zeolite obtained by biorecovery of chromium from water as catalyst in the oxidation of volatile organic compounds (VOC). Cr-NaY catalysts were obtained after biosorption of Cr(VI) using a bacterium, Arthrobacter viscosus, supported on the zeolite. The biosorp- tion experiments were conducted at different pH values in the range 1–4. The catalysts were characterized by several techniques, namely ICP-AES, SEM-EDS, XRD, XPS, Raman, H2 -TPR and N2 adsorption. The zeo- lite obtained at pH 4 has the highest content of chromium, 0.9%, and was selected as the best catalyst for the oxidation of different VOC, namely ethyl acetate, ethanol and toluene. For all VOC tested, the catalyst with chromium showed higher activity and selectivity to CO2, in comparison with the starting zeolite NaY. The presence of chromium shifted also the reaction pathways. In terms of selectivity to CO2, the following sequence was observed: ethyl acetate > toluene > ethanol.

Keywords:VOC, Total oxidation, Cr-NaY, Ethyl, acetate, Ethanol, Toluene
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