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Journal of Chemistry
Volume 2016, Article ID 8324826, 15 pages
Review Article

Recent Development of Catalysts for Removal of Volatile Organic Compounds in Flue Gas by Combustion: A Review

1Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Nottingham Ningbo China, 199 Taikang East Road, Yinzhou District, Ningbo, Zhejiang 315100, China
2Zhejiang Meteorological Science Institute, Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310008, China
3School of Environment and Architecture, University of Shanghai For Science and Technology, Shanghai 200093, China

Received 6 November 2015; Accepted 28 February 2016

Academic Editor: Athanasios Katsoyiannis

Copyright © 2016 Marco Tomatis et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted from anthropogenic sources pose direct and indirect hazards to both atmospheric environment and human health due to their contribution to the formation of photochemical smog and potential toxicity including carcinogenicity. Therefore, to abate VOCs emission, the catalytic oxidation process has been extensively studied in laboratories and widely applied in various industries. This report is mainly focused on the benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene (BTEX) with additional discussion about chlorinated VOCs. This review covers the recent developments in catalytic combustion of VOCs over noble metal catalysts, nonnoble metal catalysts, perovskite catalysts, spinel catalysts, and dual functional adsorbent-catalysts. In addition, the effects of supports, coke formation, and water effects have also been discussed. To develop efficient and cost-effective catalysts for VOCs removal, further research in catalytic oxidation might need to be carried out to strengthen the understanding of catalytic mechanisms involved.