On the Underlying Mechanisms of the Low Observed Nitrate Selectivity in Photocatalytic NOx Abatement and the Importance of the Oxygen Reduction Reaction

Julia Patzsch, Andrea Folli, Donald Macphee, Jonathan Zacharias Bloh

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Semiconductor photocatalysis could be an effective means to combat air pollution, especially nitrogen oxides, which can be mineralized to nitrate. However, the reaction typically shows poor selectivity, releasing a number of unwanted and possibly toxic intermediates such as nitrogen dioxide. Up to now, the underlying principles that lead to this poor selectivity were not understood so a knowledge-based catalyst design for more selective materials was impossible. Herein, we present strong evidence for the slow oxygen reduction being one the causes, as the competing back-reduction of nitrate leads to the release of nitrogen dioxide. Consequently, engineering the photocatalyst for a better oxygen reduction efficiency should also increase the nitrate selectivity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32678-32686
Number of pages9
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Volume48
Issue number19
Early online date27 Nov 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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On the Underlying Mechanisms of the Low Observed Nitrate Selectivity in Photocatalytic NOx Abatement and the Importance of the Oxygen Reduction Reaction. / Patzsch, Julia; Folli, Andrea; Macphee, Donald; Bloh, Jonathan Zacharias.

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