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Globin-like mesoporous CeO2: A CO-assisted synthesis based on carbonate hydroxide precursors and its applications in low temperature CO oxidation


ceria, CO-assisted synthesis, mesoporous structure, CO catalytic oxidation


Globin-like mesoporous CeO2 has been constructed by using a CO-assisted synthetic approach based on hydroxide carbonate precursors, in which CO plays a key role in the formation of the globin-like mesoporous precursors as the carbon source because of its preferential adsorption on Ce3+ under the hydrothermal conditions. The formation mechanism and the thermal transformation process from globin-like mesoporous CeCO3OH to CeO2 have been investigated by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, BET surface area measurements, thermal analysis, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Rod-like building blocks interconnected by nanoparticles circle around to form each globin-like CeO2 spheres, leading to the formation of a mesoporous structure. The globin-like mesoporous CeO2 shows much better performance in CO catalytic oxidation than ordinary CeO2 nanoparticles obtained by directly calcining cerium nitrate. Moreover, the globin-like mesoporous CeO2 can act as an ideal matrix for supported catalysts. Metallic Au particles can be well dispersed in the globin-like CeO2 matrix to form Au/CeO2 supported catalysts, which exhibit excellent activity for CO oxidation at room temperature.

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Tsinghua University Press