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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2015, Article ID 901439, 10 pages
Research Article

Effect of Au Precursor and Support on the Catalytic Activity of the Nano-Au-Catalysts for Propane Complete Oxidation

1Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia
2SABIC Chair of Catalysis, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia

Received 26 May 2015; Revised 1 November 2015; Accepted 4 November 2015

Academic Editor: Sherine Obare

Copyright © 2015 Arshid M. Ali 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.


Catalytic activity of nano-Au-catalyst(s) for the complete propane oxidation was investigated. The results showed that the nature of both Au precursor and support strongly influences catalytic activity of the Au-catalyst(s) for the propane oxidation. Oxidation state, size, and dispersion of Au nanoparticles in the Au-catalysts, surface area, crystallinity, phase structure, and redox property of the support are the key aspects for the complete propane oxidation. Among the studied Au-catalysts, the -Ce catalyst is found to be the most active catalyst.