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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2015, Article ID 580582, 10 pages
Research Article

Effect of Pr, Sm, and Tb Doping on the Morphology, Crystallite Size, and N2O Decomposition Activity of Co3O4 Nanorods

1Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials Research (CEAMR), King Abdulaziz University, P.O. Box 80203, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia
2Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, King Abdulaziz University, P.O. Box 80203, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia
3Institut für Chemische Reaktionstechnik, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Egerlandstraße 3, 91058 Erlangen, Germany

Received 5 September 2015; Accepted 17 November 2015

Academic Editor: John Zhanhu Guo

Copyright © 2015 Bahaa M. Abu-Zied 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.


Cobalt(II,III) oxide, Co3O4, is a promising catalyst for nitrous oxide direct decomposition. In this paper we report effect of doping with some rare earth (RE) elements (Pr, Sm, and Tb) on the morphology and crystallite size of Co3O4 nanorods. The various precursors (RE/Co oxalates) were prepared via the microwave assisted method and subsequent calcination. The decomposition pathway of these precursors was followed using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Based on thermal analysis results, Pr-, Sm-, and Tb-doped Co3O4 samples were obtained via the calcination in static air at 500°C for their oxalate precursors. X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and hydrogen temperature programmed reduction (H2-TPR) were used to characterize the RE-doped cobalt oxide catalysts. The activity of the prepared catalysts was investigated for N2O direct decomposition and compared with that of the undoped Co3O4 catalyst. It was shown that the promoted Co3O4 catalysts revealed higher activity compared to the unpromoted one. The dependence of the activity on both the catalysts particle size and the reduction behaviour was discussed.