Topics in Catalysis

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Electrochemical Promotion of NO Reduction by C2H4 in Excess O2 Using a Monolithic Electropromoted Reactor and Pt–Rh Sputtered Electrodes

  • C. Koutsodontis
  • A. Hammad
  • M. Lepage
  • Y. Sakamoto
  • G. Fóti
  • C. G. Vayenas
Original Paper


The reduction of NO by ethylene in the presence of excess oxygen was investigated in a recently developed monolithic electropromoted reactor (MEPR). In this novel dismantlable monolithic-type electrochemically promoted catalytic reactor, thin (~40 nm) porous catalyst films are sputter-deposited on thin (0.25 mm) parallel solid electrolyte plates supported in the grooves of a ceramic monolithic holder and serve as electropromoted catalyst elements. Using Pt–Rh(1:1)/YSZ/Au-type catalyst elements, the 8-plate reactor operated with apparent Faradaic efficiency exceeding unity achieving significant and reversible enhancement in the rates of C2H4 and NO consumption in presence of up to 10% O2 in the feed at gas flow rates of 1,000 cc/min. The reactor, which is a hybrid between a monolithic catalytic reactor and a flat-plate solid oxide fuel cell, permits easy practical utilization of the electrochemical promotion of catalysis.


Electrochemical promotion NEMCA Monolithic Electropromoted Reactor MEPR NO reduction Rhodium–Platinum catalyst electrodes Yttria-stabilized Zirconia Sputtered electrodes 



This work was supported by TOYOTA.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Koutsodontis
    • 1
  • A. Hammad
    • 1
  • M. Lepage
    • 2
  • Y. Sakamoto
    • 3
  • G. Fóti
    • 4
  • C. G. Vayenas
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemical EngineeringUniversity of PatrasPatrasGreece
  2. 2.Toyota Motor Europe NV/SA, Technical CentreZaventemBelgium
  3. 3.Applied Catalysis DivisionToyota Central R&D Laboratory Inc.Nagakute AichiJapan
  4. 4.Institute of Chemical Sciences and EngineeringEcole Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneLausanneSwitzerland

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