Redox and catalytic properties of CuO/CeO 2 under CO + O 2 + NO: Promoting effect of NO on CO oxidation

A. Martínez-Arias*, A. B. Hungría, A. Iglesias-Juez, M. Fernández-García, J. A. Anderson, J. C. Conesa, G. Munuera, J. Soria

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A CuO/CeO 2 catalyst has been studied with respect to its catalytic activity for CO oxidation under stoichiometric conditions employing either O 2 or O 2-NO mixture as oxidants. The obtained results are rationalised on the basis of analysis of redox properties upon interaction with CO and O 2-NO by EPR as well as by redox/catalytic analysis by operando-DRIFTS. These provide useful insight into the processes involved during NO reduction, for which two well differentiated steps associated to a change in the type of active centres during the course of the reaction are evidenced. Nevertheless, the most interesting result is related to observation of a novel promoting effect of NO on CO oxidation. This is explained mainly on the basis of DRIFTS results and appears to be associated with phenomena of adsorption/desorption of NO x species at interfacial positions which apparently activate such interfacial region allowing formation of greater amounts of active reduced copper centres in the presence of NO.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-87
Number of pages7
JournalCatalysis Today
Issue number1
Early online date9 Mar 2011
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jan 2012

Bibliographical note

Thanks are due to Mr. F. Sánchez Constenla for performing a part of the EPR experiments. Financial support by the MICINN (Project CTQ2009 - 14527) and Comunidad de Madrid (Project DIVERCEL S2009/ENE-1475) is acknowledged.


  • Ceria-based catalysts
  • CO oxidation
  • Copper oxide
  • Cu and O EPR
  • Nitric oxide reduction
  • Operando-DRIFTS


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