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Mechanistic insight into selective catalytic combustion of HCN over Cu-BEA: influence of different active center structures

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Abstract

HCN being a highly toxic N-containing volatile organic compound (VOCs) poses great threat to human living environment. Selective catalytic combustion of HCN (HCN-SCC) over metal modified zeolite catalysts has attracted great attention due to related high efficiency and excellent N2 selectivity. In the present work, three types of 24T-Cu-BEA models with different active centers of single [Cu]+, double [Cu]+, and [Cu–O–Cu]2+ were constructed for HCN-SCC mechanism simulations based on density functional theory (DFT). DFT simulation results revealed that HCN-SCC followed an oxidation mechanism over double [Cu]+ through an intermediate of NCO, wherein the synergistic effects of double [Cu]+ active centers were clearly observed, resulting in a significantly lowered energy barrier (1.6 kcal mol−1) during HCN oxidation into NCO. However, an oxidation mechanism (HCN oxidized into NH radical and CO2 through intermediate of HNCO) combining with a hydrolysis mechanism (NH radical hydrolyses into NH3) occurred over single [Cu]+ and [Cu–O–Cu]2+, wherein the NH2 hydrolysis to NH3 step was regarded as the rate determining step with an energy barrier of 72.3 and 74.3 kcal mol−1, respectively. Finally, Mulliken charge transfer (CT) analysis was conducted, based on which the electric properties of different active centers were well illustrated.

Graphical abstract: Mechanistic insight into selective catalytic combustion of HCN over Cu-BEA: influence of different active center structures

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The article was received on 09 Jul 2017, accepted on 08 Aug 2017 and first published on 08 Aug 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7CP04604A
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017,19, 23960-23970
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    Mechanistic insight into selective catalytic combustion of HCN over Cu-BEA: influence of different active center structures

    N. Liu, X. Yuan, R. Zhang, Y. Li and B. Chen, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, 19, 23960
    DOI: 10.1039/C7CP04604A

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