Catalytic properties of activated carbons I. Gas-phase oxidation of hydrogen sulphide

S. V. Mikhalovsky, Yu P. Zaitsev

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Gas-phase oxidation of hydrogen sulphide catalysed by the activated carbons of different origin and formation of SOx in this process was studied. Using XPS, it was shown that H2S adsorption from an inert atmosphere on activated carbons resulted in the formation of surface oxygen-containing complexes and elemental sulphur. It is suggested that carbon surface functional groups contribute significantly to the formation of SOx in H2S oxidation. Impregnation of the carbons with transition metals alters their catalytic activity and selectivity towards sulphur oxides and elemental sulphur. Varying the method of impregnation it is possible to synthesise materials with very different catalytic properties. A vanadium-grafted catalyst with high selectivity towards elemental sulphur was synthesised. It effectively works at the temperature exceeding the melting point of sulphur enabling to obtain high yield of elemental sulphur.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1367-1374
Number of pages8
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1997


  • A. Activated carbon
  • B. oxidation
  • D. catalytic properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)

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