Effect of Formic Acid Treatment on the Structure and Catalytic Activity of Co3O4 for N2O Decomposition

  • Yongzhao WangEmail author
  • Xuhui Wei
  • Xiaobo Hu
  • Wei Zhou
  • Yongxiang ZhaoEmail author


Co3O4 catalyst was prepared by means of precipitation method and its precursor was treated with formic acid to prepare H-Co3O4 catalyst. Their catalytic activities for N2O catalytic decomposition were studied. The results show that H-Co3O4 catalyst exhibits much higher catalytic activity than Co3O4, which may result from the larger BET surface area, especially the more amount of surface Co3+, enhanced reducibility and promoted desorption ability of oxygen species.

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Co3O4 N2O catalytic decomposition Formic acid treatment Precipitation method 



Authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support from Shanxi provincial key research and development plan project (201603D121018-1); the National Natural Science Foundation of China (21673132); and the Key Laboratory of Applied Surface and Colloid Chemistry (Shaanxi Normal University 2016019).

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The authors declare no conflict of interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Engineering Research Center of Ministry of Education for Fine ChemicalsTaiyuanChina
  2. 2.School of Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringShanxi UniversityTaiyuanChina

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