Active TiO2-Nanostructured Surfaces for CO Oxidation on Rh Model Catalysts at Low-Temperature

  • R. Camposeco
  • S. Castillo
  • M. Hinojosa-Reyes
  • R. Zanella
  • Julio C. López-Curiel
  • Gustavo A. Fuentes
  • Isidro Mejía-CentenoEmail author


We investigated the CO oxidation at low temperature over Rh (1 wt%) supported on TiO2-nanotubes and nanoparticles. We found that tri-titanic acid phase of the nanotubes promotes the interaction between Ti4+ and Rh3+ to reduce Rh3+ to Rh1+ and Rh+1 to Rh0, compared to the anatase phase. In fact, as the Rh0/Ti4+ ratio increases, CO and OH adsorption increases and CO oxidation light-off shifts to lower temperature, from 120 to 60 °C. We found that there is a redox equilibrium between Rh0 + Ti4+ and Rhδ+ + Ti3+ (δ < 3). However, the Rh0/Ti4+ ratio, hence redox equilibrium, seems to be limited by the valence band energy of the catalysts. We concluded that there is a strong electronic metal-support interaction between nanotubes of TiO2 and Rh-nanoparticles that promotes the catalytic performance. Therefore, the valence band is a major factor determining the catalytic activity.

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CO oxidation Rhodium TiO2 nanotubes TiO2 nanoparticles Deactivation 



Authors want to thank the financial support provided by the Mexican Institute of Petroleum via the Molecular Engineering Program (Project D.00477). RCS wishes to thank to the ICAT-UNAM and the financial support provided by the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACyT) through the PDNPN1216.

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The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Camposeco
    • 1
  • S. Castillo
    • 2
  • M. Hinojosa-Reyes
    • 3
  • R. Zanella
    • 1
  • Julio C. López-Curiel
    • 4
  • Gustavo A. Fuentes
    • 4
  • Isidro Mejía-Centeno
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Instituto de Ciencias Aplicadas y TecnologíaUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoMéxico CityMéxico
  2. 2.Dirección de Investigación en Transformación de HidrocarburosInstituto Mexicano del PetróleoMéxico CityMéxico
  3. 3.Facultad de CienciasUniversidad Autónoma de San Luis PotosíSan Luis PotosíMéxico
  4. 4.Departamento de Ingeniería de ProcesosUniversidad A. Metropolitana-IztapalapaMéxico CityMéxico

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