Ammonia formation over supported platinum and palladium catalysts
Journal article, 2015

We report experimental results for the formation of ammonia from nitric oxide and hydrogen, and from nitric oxide, water and carbon monoxide over silica, alumina and titania supported platinum and palladium catalysts. Temperature programmed reaction experiments in gas flow reactor show a considerable formation of ammonia in the temperature range 200-450 C, which is suppressed by the presence of excess oxygen. However, oxygen sweep experiments show that for the titania supported catalysts minor amounts of oxygen promotes the ammonia formation at low temperatures. In situ DRIFT spectroscopy measurements indicate that cyanate species on the support play an important role in the ammonia formation mechanism. This work shows that alumina supported palladium is a promising system for passive selective catalytic reduction applications, exhibiting low-temperature activity during the water-gas-shift assisted ammonia formation reaction. Conversely, titania supported samples are less active for ammonia formation as a result of the poor thermal stability of the titania support.

NH3 formation

In situ DRIFT spectroscopy





Catalytic exhaust aftertreatment


Emma Adams

Chalmers, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Applied Chemistry

Competence Centre for Catalysis (KCK)

Magnus Skoglundh

Chalmers, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Applied Chemistry

Competence Centre for Catalysis (KCK)

Milica Folic

Haldor Topsoe

Eva Bendixen

Haldor Topsoe

Pär Gabrielsson

Haldor Topsoe

Per-Anders Carlsson

Competence Centre for Catalysis (KCK)

Chalmers, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Applied Chemistry

Applied Catalysis B: Environmental

0926-3373 (ISSN) 1873-3883 (eISSN)

Vol. 165 10-19

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