Oxygen vacancy–engineered δ-MnOx/activated carbon for room-temperature catalytic oxidation of formaldehyde

Yu Huang, Yan Liu, Wei Wang, Meijuan Chen, Haiwei Li, Shun cheng Lee, Wingkei Ho, Tingting Huang, Junji Cao

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Although oxygen vacancies (OVs) commonly act as adsorption/active sites in catalytic oxidation of formaldehyde (HCHO), thereby strongly influencing catalyst activity, their control and translation into scale-up products for practical application remain challenging. Herein, δ-MnOx/activated carbon was synthesized via in situ reduction coupled with ammonia modification, and the developed method was found to allow easy OV control for large-scale production. OV concentration was effectively regulated through adjustment of Mn3+ content, and OV roles in the catalytic reaction were probed by several techniques. The optimized catalyst featured superior HCHO removal efficiency and CO2 selectivity at room temperature, mainly due to oxygen activation by abundant OVs to form reactive oxygen species. The intermediates and pathways of HCHO removal were investigated. Thus, this work provides insights into the enhancement of active site exposure through OV control for a single bulk catalyst and demonstrates its applicability for efficient and commercially viable room-temperature oxidation of HCHO.

Original languageEnglish
Article number119294
JournalApplied Catalysis B: Environmental
Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2020


  • Formaldehyde
  • Large-scale production
  • Oxygen vacancy
  • Room-temperature catalysis
  • δ-MnOx/Activated carbon

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Environmental Science
  • Process Chemistry and Technology


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