Authors: Li, YX; Han, W; Wang, RX; Weng, LT; Serrano-Lotina, A; Banares, MA; Wang, QY; Yeung, KL

Appl. Catal. B-Environ.. vol: 275. page: 0926-3373.
Date: oct-15. 2020.
Doi: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2020.119121.

The aliovalent-substitution of cobalt into ceria lattice was demonstrated using a bimetallic CoCeBDC MOF to achieve a high degree of atomic level mixing in the CoCeOx catalyst. Spectroscopic analyses including X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Raman spectroscopy, and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) confirmed the successful insertion of cobalt atom with a concomitant increase in defects (i.e., Raman I-D/I-F2g = 0.25) and oxygen vacancies (i.e., XPS O-beta/(O-alpha+O-beta)= 0.33) that correlates well with catalytic activity for the oxidations of methanol, acetone, toluene, and o-xylene. The as-prepared CoCeOx performed a 50% conversion (T-50) and 90% conversion (T90) in toluene oxidation at 212 degrees C and 227 degrees C that are significantly lower than the reference Co3O4/CeO2 nanocube catalyst that had T-50 of 261 degrees C and T-90 of 308 degrees C, indicating its better catalytic activity. Moreover, CoCeOx catalyst completely oxidizes organic compounds to carbon dioxide and water, while reaction over Co3O4/CeO2 nanocube catalyst produces significant carbon monoxide..