MoS2 quantum dots based MoS2/HKUST-1 composites for the highly efficient catalytic oxidation of elementary mercury

Tao Wu , Mingjie Zhang , Gang Yang , Shuai Liu , Jiahui Yu , Hongzhe Li , Liwen Zhang , Yipei Chen , Ruitang Guo


Received April 08, 2021,Revised , Accepted August 10, 2021, Available online January 11, 2022

Volume 34,2022,Pages 163-174

Due to the ever-tightening regulation on mercury emission in recent decades, there is an urgent need to develop novel materials for the removal of elemental mercury at coal-fired power plants. In this study, a series of MoS2 quantum dots (QDs)-based MoS2/HKUST-1 composite materials were prepared. It is found that MoS2 QDs were encapsulated by HKUST-1 and enhanced the crystallinity and specific surface area of HKUST-1. The MoS2/HKUST-1 showed excellent performance in catalytic oxidation of Hg0 as compared with pristine HKUST-1. It is found that surface layer of lattice oxygens is active and participates in Hg0 oxidation, while the consumption of surface oxygens then leads to the formation of oxygen vacancies on the surface. These vacancies are effective in the adsorption and dissociation of O2, which subsequently participates in the oxidation of Hg0. Moreover, the study on the influence of commonly seen gas components, such as SO2, NO, NH3 and H2O, etc., on Hg0 oxidation demonstrated that synergistic effects exist among these gas species. It is found that the presence of NO promotes the oxidation of Hg0 using oxygen as the oxidant.

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