Investigation of low-temperature selective catalytic reduction of NOx with ammonia over Cr-promoted Fe/AC catalysts

  • Tingting Ge
  • Baozhong ZhuEmail author
  • Yunlan SunEmail author
  • Weiyi Song
  • Qilong Fang
  • Yuxiu Zhong
Research Article


Fe/activated coke (AC) and Cr-Fe/AC catalysts with AC as a supporter and Cr and Fe as active components were prepared by an impregnation method for low-temperature selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NO with NH3. The effects of Cr addition and its concentrations on the deNOx performance of Fe/AC catalysts were studied at low temperature. The Cr addition promotes the low-temperature SCR activity of the 8Fe/AC catalyst and the 8Fe6Cr/AC catalyst has the best low-temperature SCR deNOx performance, which the NOx conversions are greater than 90% at 160–240 °C. The 8Fe6Cr/AC catalyst has good water resistance. However, when 100 ppm SO2 was introduced into the reaction gas, its deNOx efficiency drops to 45% at 180 °C. To clarify the specific effects of Cr addition on the NOx conversions and sulfur poisoning, the Cr-Fe/AC catalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction, BET, H2 temperature-programmed reduction, NH3 temperature-programmed desorption, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and Fourier infrared spectroscopy. The addition of Cr into Fe/AC catalysts greatly increases the BET surface area and the number of weak and medium-strong acid sites on the catalyst surface and improves the ratio of Fe3+/Fe2+. These factors enhance the NOx conversion of 8Fe/AC catalyst. The formed sulfates and hydrogen sulfates cover the active sites on the catalyst surface, which lead to the sulfur poisoning of the 8Fe6Cr/AC catalyst.

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Fe Active coke Low-temperature SCR Cr 


Funding information

We greatly appreciate the financial support provided by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 51676001 and 51376007) and the Project of Jiangsu Provincial Six Talent Peak (No. JNHB-097).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Petroleum EngineeringChangzhou UniversityChangzhouChina
  2. 2.School of Energy and EnvironmentAnhui University of TechnologyMaanshanChina

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