Topics in Catalysis

, Volume 60, Issue 15–16, pp 1156–1170 | Cite as

Silver/Platinum Supported on TiO2 P25 Nanocatalysts for Non-photocatalytic and Photocatalytic Denitration of Water

  • Ana M. Antolín
  • Sandra ContrerasEmail author
  • Francesc Medina
  • Didier TichitEmail author
Original Paper


Denitration of water was investigated by non-photocatalytic and/or photocatalytic processes (UV-A irradiation at 365 nm) using a mixture of Ag/P25 + Pt/P25 monometallic catalysts and Ag–Pt(Pt–Ag)/P25 bimetallic catalysts (2 wt% Ag; 4 wt% Pt) prepared by drop-wise wetness impregnation of TiO2 P25 support. In the bimetallic samples, the influences of the Pt precursor (H2PtCl6·6H2O; K2PtCl6) and of the impregnation order of the metallic salts were examined. The highest N2 yield (42.3%) in the non-photocatalytic process was achieved with the Ag/P25 + Pt/P25 mixture but with ca. 12.6% NO2 yield. Photocatalytic activity was enhanced in presence of H2 in comparison to H2-free condition. Ag/P25 is the most active photocatalyst, however high NO2 yield is obtained (32.5%). The bimetallic samples exhibit high versatility, being active both in the non-photocatalytic and the photocatalytic processes. Low NO3 conversion and high NO2 selectivity results were obtained from impregnation of Ag first. In contrast, impregnation of Pt precursor from K2PtCl6 first effectively promoted NO3 reduction towards N2 yield of 36% and particularly low NO2 yield of 2.7%, due the presence of metallic nanoparticles of different sizes and interaction with TiO2 with a peculiar strong Pt and Ag interaction. Best results obtained in non-photocatalytic and photocatalytic processes are almost similar.


Nitrate Catalytic reduction Photocatalytic reduction Ag–Pt TiO2 



This work was supported by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (Project CTQ2012-35789-C02-02). A.M.A. acknowledges the financial support to Universitat Rovira i Virgili, École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier, Eurorregión Pirineos Mediterráneo, Aplicacions Medioambientals i Industrials de la Catàlisi, Anton Dafinov and Thomas Cacciaguerra.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departament d’Enginyeria QuímicaUniversitat Rovira i Virgili, Campus Sescelades. AvdaTarragonaSpain
  2. 2.Equipe MACSInstitut Charles Gerhardt, ENSCMMontpellier Cedex 5France

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