Catalysis Letters

, Volume 141, Issue 12, pp 1732–1738 | Cite as

The Influence of Platinum Addition on Nano-Crystalline Ceria Catalysts for the Total Oxidation of Naphthalene a Model Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon

  • Edwin N. Ntainjua
  • Thomas E. Davies
  • Tomas Garcia
  • Benjamin Solsona
  • Stuart H. TaylorEmail author


The effect of adding Pt to a highly active ceria polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon total oxidation catalyst has been investigated for the oxidation of naphthalene. The addition of Pt to ceria suppressed the performance of the catalyst for total oxidation. The addition of Pt reduced catalyst surface area, decreased the ceria crystallite size, decreased the concentration of ceria defects and increased the reducibility of the catalyst. The suppression of activity has been attributed to strong metal-support interaction between Pt and ceria, which limits the availability of lattice oxygen for the oxidation process, which follows the Mars-Van Krevelen redox mechanism in the absence of Pt. It is postulated that the presence of dispersed Pt, alters the mechanism of naphthalene oxidation over the ceria catalyst.

Graphical Abstract

The addition of platinum to a highly active naphthalene oxidation ceria catalyst modifies activity.


PAHs VOCs Catalytic oxidation Ceria Platinum 



The authors would like to thank Cardiff University for financial support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edwin N. Ntainjua
    • 1
  • Thomas E. Davies
    • 1
  • Tomas Garcia
    • 2
  • Benjamin Solsona
    • 3
  • Stuart H. Taylor
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Cardiff Catalysis Institute, School of ChemistryCardiff UniversityCardiffUK
  2. 2.Instituto de Carboquímica (CSIC)ZaragozaSpain
  3. 3.Departament d’Enginyeria QuímicaUniversitat de ValènciaBurjassot, ValenciaSpain

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