Simultaneous removal of gaseous CO and elemental mercury over Cu-Co modified activated coke at low temperature

Shuquan Ni , Fengyu Gao , Hao Yan , Xiaolong Tang , Honghong Yi , Shunzheng Zhao , Qingjun Yu


Received March 09, 2020,Revised , Accepted May 27, 2020, Available online August 21, 2020

Volume 101,2021,Pages 36-48

Cu-Co multiple-oxides modified on HNO3-pretreated activated coke (ACN) were optimized for the simultaneous removal of gaseous CO and elemental mercury (Hg0) at low temperature (< 200 °C). It was found that 2%CuOx-10%CoOx/ACN catalyst calcined at 400°C resulted in the coexistence of complex oxides including CuO, Cu2O, Co3O4, Co2O3 and CoO phases, which might be good for the simultaneous catalytic oxidation of CO by Co-species and removal of Hg0 by Cu-species, benefiting from the synergistic catalysis during the electro-interaction between Co and Cu cations (CoO ⇌ Co3O4 and Cu2O ⇌ CuO). The catalysis removal of CO oxidation was obviously depended on the reaction temperature obtaining 94.7% at 200 °C, while no obvious promoting effect on the Hg0 removal (68.3%-78.7%). These materials were very substitute for the removal of CO and Hg° from the flue gas with the conditions of 8–20 vol.% O2 and flue-gas temperature below 200 °C. The removal of Hg° followed the combination processes of adsorption and catalytic oxidation reaction via Langmuir-Hinshelwood mechanism, while the catalysis of CO abided by the Mars-van Krevelen mechanism with lattice oxygen species.

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