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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 3797896, 8 pages
Research Article

Impact of Precipitants on the Structure and Properties of Fe-Co-Ce Composite Catalysts

1School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Hanshan Normal University, Chaozhou 521041, China
2School of Mining Engineering, University of Science and Technology Liaoning, Anshan 114051, China

Received 11 January 2016; Accepted 13 March 2016

Academic Editor: Vincenzo Baglio

Copyright © 2016 Yongli Zhang 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.


Fe-Co-Ce composite catalysts were prepared by coprecipitation method using CO(NH2)2, NaOH, NH4HCO3, and NH3·H2O as precipitant agents. The effects of the precipitant agents on the physicochemical properties of the Fe-Co-Ce based catalysts were investigated by SEM, TEM, BET, TG-DTA, and XRD. It was found that the precipitant agents remarkably influenced the morphology and particle size of the catalysts and affected the COD removal efficiency, decolorization rate, and pH of methyl orange for catalytic wet air oxidation (CWAO). The specific surface area of the Fe-Co-Ce composite catalysts successively decreased in the order of NH3·H2O, NH4HCO3, NaOH, and CO(NH2)2, which correlated to an increasing particle size that increased for each catalyst. For the CWAO of a methyl orange aqueous solutions, the effects of precipitant agents NH3·H2O and NaOH were superior to those of CO(NH2)2 and NH4HCO3. The catalyst prepared using NH3·H2O as the precipitant agent was mostly composed of Fe2O3, CoO, and CeO2. The COD removal efficiency of methyl orange aqueous solution for NH3·H2O reached 92.9% in the catalytic wet air oxidation. Such a catalytic property was maintained for six runs.