Catalysis Letters

, Volume 135, Issue 1–2, pp 68–75 | Cite as

Nanostructured Cu-Doped Ceria Obtained by Reverse Microemulsion Method as Catalysts for Incineration of Selected VOCs

  • R. Dziembaj
  • M. Molenda
  • L. Chmielarz
  • M. Drozdek
  • M. M. Zaitz
  • B. Dudek
  • A. Rafalska-Łasocha
  • Z. Piwowarska


A series of Ce1−x Cu x O2 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.1) nanostructured oxide systems was prepared using a modified reverse microemulsion method. The thermal decomposition of the carbonate and hydroxide precursors into oxides systems was studied using thermal analysis methods (EGA-TGA/DTG/SDTA). The morphology and the structure of the samples were characterized by XRD and BET analysis as well as visualized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The morphology of the obtained nanoparticles depended on a kind of the precursors used. The copper substituted CeO2 materials formed mono phase solid solutions, which were catalytically active in the incineration of various VOC molecules (ethylene, methanol, acetone). The correlation between activity of the studied catalysts and copper content has been found.

Graphical Abstract


Ceria nanoparticles Ce1−xCuxO2 Reverse microemulsion VOCs incineration 



This work has been financially supported by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education under grant no. N N209 099337.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Dziembaj
    • 1
  • M. Molenda
    • 1
  • L. Chmielarz
    • 1
  • M. Drozdek
    • 1
  • M. M. Zaitz
    • 1
  • B. Dudek
    • 1
  • A. Rafalska-Łasocha
    • 1
  • Z. Piwowarska
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemical Technology, Faculty of ChemistryJagiellonian UniversityKrakowPoland

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