Development of Three-Way Catalyst with Advanced Coating Layer
Further improvements in catalyst performance are required to help protect the atmospheric environment. However, from the viewpoint of resource availability, it is also necessary to decrease the amount of precious metals used at the active sites of the catalyst. Therefore, a high-performance three-way catalyst with an advanced coating layer has been developed to lower the amount of precious metal usage. Fuel efficiency improvement technologies such as high compression ratios and a large-volume exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) generally tend to increase the ratio of hydrocarbons (HC) to nitrogen oxides (NOx) in exhaust gas. This research focused on the palladium (Pd) loading depth in the coating layer with the aim of improving the hydrocarbon (HC) conversion activity of the catalyst.