Enhanced catalytic complete oxidation of 1,2-dichloroethane over mesoporous transition metal-doped γ-Al2O3

Abbas Khaleel, Muhammad Nawaz

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High-surface-area mesoprous powders of γ-Al2O3 doped with Cu2+, Cr3+, and V3+ ions were prepared via a modified sol-gel method and were investigated as catalysts for the oxidation of chlorinated organic compounds. The composites retained high surface areas and pore volumes comparable with those of undoped γ-Al2O3 and the presence of the transition metal ions enhanced their surface acidic properties. The catalytic activity of the prepared catalysts in the oxidation of 1,2-dichloroethane (DCE) was studied in the temperature range of 250-400°C. The catalytic activity and product selectivity were strongly dependent on the presence and the type of dopant ion. While Cu2+- and Cr3+-containing catalysts showed 100% conversion at 300°C and 350°C, V3+-containing catalyst showed considerably lower conversion. Furthermore, while the major products of the reactions over γ-alumina were vinyl chloride (C2H3Cl) and hydrogen chloride (HCl) at all temperatures, Cu- and Cr-doped catalysts showed significantly stronger capability for deep oxidation to CO2.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-209
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Environmental Sciences (China)
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2015


  • Catalytic oxidation
  • Chlorinated organic compounds
  • Mixed metal oxides
  • Sol-gel method

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • General Environmental Science


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