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Effect of Gold Nanoparticles on MnOx/TiO2 Nanostructures for Improving the CO Oxidation at Low Temperature

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Gold nanoparticles dispersed on MnOx/TiO2 were used to perform the oxidation of carbon monoxide at low temperatures. Remarkable dispersion of gold nanoparticles under hydrogen treatment was obtained, mainly in Au–MnOx/TiO2 catalysts with 2 wt% Au and 5 wt% Mn, where the Au nanoparticles displayed average sizes of 1–3 nm. The addition of Au nanoparticles to the MnOx/TiO2 catalysts promoted both the CO oxidation from 0 °C and stability at room temperature. This behavior could be attributed to the synergistic interactions between Au0/Au1+ and Mn3+/Mn4+ on the Au–MnOx/TiO2 catalyst surface.

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The authors want to thank V. Maturano for the technical support. J.C. Medina acknowledges DGAPA-CIC-UNAM for his postdoctoral scholarship.


This study was funded by the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT) through the PDNPN1216 and CB-18269 grants, Dirección General de Asuntos del Personal Académico (DGAPA-UNAM) through the PAPIIT IN103719 Grant and the Mexican Petroleum Institute via the Molecular Engineering Program (Project D.00477).

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Camposeco, R., Castillo, S., Nava, N. et al. Effect of Gold Nanoparticles on MnOx/TiO2 Nanostructures for Improving the CO Oxidation at Low Temperature. Top Catal (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11244-019-01220-y

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  • Deposition–precipitation
  • Sol–gel
  • CO oxidation
  • Gold nanoparticles
  • MnOx