Authors: Barroso-Martin, I; Infantes-Molina, A; Talon, A; Storaro, L; Rodriguez-Aguado, E; Rodriguez-Castellon, E; Moretti, E

Materials. vol: 11. page: 1996-1944.
Date: JUL. 2018.
Doi: 10.3390/ma11071203.

In this work, SBA-15 silica and silica-titania have been used as supports for photocatalysts based on AuCu alloy (Au:Cu = 1) to be used in the preferential oxidation of CO (CO-PROX) in excess of hydrogen at room temperature and atmospheric pressure both in the dark and under simulated solar light irradiation. To study their textural, structural, chemical and optical properties, the samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), adsorption-desorption of N-2 at -196 degrees C, C-13 and Si-29 solid state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and diffuse reflectance ultraviolet-visible (DRUV-vis) spectroscopy. Titanium was present mainly in the form of titania aggregates, but also as small particles interacting with the SBA support. In both catalysts, the metal alloy nanoparticles displayed an average size of 4 nm as demonstrated by TEM measurements. AuCu/Ti-SBA turned out to be photoactive and selective in the photo-CO-PROX reaction showing the highest activity, with conversion and selectivity towards CO2 of 80%, due both to the presence of titania incorporated in SBA-15 and to the synergistic effect of Cu when alloyed with Au..