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Title: Accessibility of Co3O4 particles patterned in SBA-15
Authors: Lopes, Irène
Hassan, Nissrine El 
Wallez, Gilles
Thomas , C.
Davidson, Anne
Affiliations: Department of Chemical Engineering 
Issue Date: 2007
Part of: Proceedings of the 15th International Zeolite Conference : Studies in surface science and catalysis from zeolites to porous MOF materials
Volume: 170
Issue: B
Start page: 1213
End page: 1221
Conference: International Zeolite Conference (15th : 2007 : Beijing, China) 
Crystalline Co3O4 nanoparticles were patterned in the pores of SBA-15 silicas using the "two solvents" technique (Co/Si atomic ratios between 0.10 and 0.35, pore sizes: 5.1, 5.6 and 7.3 nm). Normalized surface areas, calculated from N2 sorption experiments, reveal a partial plugging of the pores which, for a given Co/Si atomic ratio, increases when the pore size decreases. The CO oxidation catalytic reactivity of the Co3O4 particles either embedded or extracted from silica confirms that the Co3O4 particles are partially accessible to reagents. Despite accessibility limitations, the reactivity of the patterned Co3O4 particles compares favorably with the very few data available in the literature. Unexpectedly low activation energies are even measured. Finally, H2-TPR experiments reveal that accessibility limitations are correlated with the formation of hardly reducible Co silicate species.
Type: Conference Paper
Appears in Collections:Department of Chemical Engineering

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