Extruded Zeolite Catalysts for Lean Exhaust Application 2005-01-1118
In lean burn engines, the conventional automotive catalyst is ineffective in reducing harmful nitric oxide (NOx) wastes. This study has investigated the use of different materials with metal additives as supports for effective NOx- controlling lean burn catalysts. A series of zeolite (ZSM-5) honeycomb samples were prepared via extrusion with low concentrations of transition metals. Samples were also impregnated with Pt to determine the effect on the catalytic activity. NOx and hydrocarbon conversion under simple lean conditions were measured in a temperature-controlled fixed bed reactor. Ethylene and Propylene, both highly selective NOx reductants, were used separately as the hydrocarbon species. Results have revealed that single and double component zeolites containing Ni, Mn, Cu, and Ag are highly effective in reducing NOx. When these same samples were impregnated with Pt, they achieved conversion rates up to 100% at temperatures less than 300°C at a space velocity of 7000 h-1. At higher space velocities, up to 80% NO conversion is observed for some catalysts. The performance of the Ni-Co catalyst remains encouraging and is not impaired by moderate aging conditions and by the presence of water.