Liquid-phase oxidation of hydrogen sulfide to sulfur over CuO/MgO catalyst

Eun Ku Lee, Kwang Deog Jung, Oh Shim Joo, Yong Gun Shul

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The effect of CuO loading on CuO/MgO catalysts was investigated for liquid-phase oxidation of H2S to sulfur. CuO/MgO catalysts were prepared by impregnating MgO with aqueous copper nitrate solution. All of the catalysts were characterized by BET surface analyzer, X-ray diffraction (XRD), and temperature-programmed reduction (TPR). It was observed that the H 2S removal capacity with respect to CuO loading increased up to 4 wt.%, and then decreased with further increase in CuO loading. CuO addition up to 4 wt.% increased the BET surface areas, but beyond that it was decreased. The XRD showed that well dispersed CuO particles could be present on CuO/MgO at less than 4 wt % CuO loading. The crystallites of bulk CuO became evident on CuO/MgO with more than 6 wt.% CuO loading, which were confirmed by a XRD. TPR experiments showed that CuO/MgO catalysts with CuO loading above 6 wt.% consisted of two phases of a well-dispersed and crystalline CuO. It was suggested that Cu2+in the well-dispersed copper oxide domain could be the active species in the wet oxidation of H2S.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-120
Number of pages6
JournalReaction Kinetics and Catalysis Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Dec

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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