SO2-Tolerant NOx Reduction by Marvelously Suppressing SO2 Adsorption over FeδCe1-δVO4 Catalysts

Environ Sci Technol. 2020 Nov 3;54(21):14066-14075. doi: 10.1021/acs.est.0c05038. Epub 2020 Oct 16.


SO2-tolerant selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NOx at low temperature is still challenging. Traditional metal oxide catalysts are prone to be sulfated and the as-formed sulfates are difficult to decompose. In this study, we discovered that SO2 adsorption could be largely restrained over FeδCe1-δVO4 catalysts, which effectively restrained the deposition of sulfate species and endowed catalysts with strong SO2 tolerance at an extremely low temperature of 240 °C. The increasing oxygen vacancies, enhanced redox properties, and improved acidity contributed to the SCR activity of the FeδCe1-δVO4 catalyst. The reaction pathway changed from the reaction between bidentate nitrate and the NH3 species over CeVO4 catalysts via the Langmuir-Hinshelwood mechanism to that between gaseous NOx and the NH4+/NH3 species over FeδCe1-δVO4 catalysts via the Eley-Rideal mechanism. The effective suppression of SO2 adsorption allowed FeδCe1-δVO4 catalysts to maintain the Eley-Rideal pathways on account of the reduced formation of sulfate species. This work demonstrated an effective route to improve SO2 tolerance via modulating SO2 adsorption on Ce-based vanadate catalysts, which presented a new point for the development of high-performance SO2-tolerant SCR catalysts.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adsorption
  • Ammonia*
  • Catalysis
  • Oxidation-Reduction
  • Oxides*


  • Oxides
  • Ammonia