Topics in Catalysis

, Volume 60, Issue 3–5, pp 312–317 | Cite as

Sensor Tool for Fast Catalyst Material Characterization

  • G. Hagen
  • N. Leupold
  • S. Wiegärtner
  • R. Moos


For the development of catalyst materials a novel sensor tool is presented. It can determine catalyst light-off temperatures. The device measures temperature changes (exothermicities) due to catalytic reactions of the material which is coated on a very small catalyst coating area directly on the sensor device. By temperature modulation via an integrated heater, light-off temperature characteristics can be determined within a few minutes. In the present contribution, the sensor setup is introduced and several experimental results for an exemplarily investigated Pt-loaded Al2O3 catalyst are shown with typical exhaust gas components and with mixtures of their components in a lean base gas atmosphere. Several typical findings are light-off hysteresis, CO poisoning, alkane light-off-behavior or acetylene poisoning.


Thermoelectric LTCC sensor On-board diagnostics (OBD) Diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) Three way catalyst (TWC) Exothermicity sensor Temperature programmed desorption (TPD) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bayreuth Engine Research Center (BERC), Department of Functional MaterialsUniversity of BayreuthBayreuthGermany

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