Reduction of SO2 by CO and COS over La2O 2S - A mechanistic study

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-229
Journal / PublicationJournal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2003
Externally publishedYes


The mechanism of the catalytic reduction of SO2 by CO and COS over lanthanun oxysulfide was studied using a combination of temperature-programmed reaction coupled with mass spectrometry (TPR/MS) and feed-perturbation step-analysis techniques. The results showed that COS interacts more readily with lanthanum oxysulfide than CO does. The interaction of COS with the lanthanum catalyst was different from that of CO. In addition, COS preferentially reacted with SO2 to form CO2 and sulfur instead of following the disproportionation (to form CO2 and COS) and decomposition (to form CO and sulfur) reactions. The redox mechanism is not the main reaction route for the reduction of SO2 by CO and COS over lanthanun oxysulfide. SO2 was strongly adsorbed by the oxysulfide and was retained in the oxysulfide even when heated in an inert gas stream, while COS was very reactive and did not remain long in the oxysulfide. These results suggest that COS has access to certain specific active sites in the oxysulfide and the catalytic reduction of SO2 by COS possibly proceeds via adsorbed COS reacting with pools of SO2 adspecies to form CO2 and sulfur. © 2003 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

Research Area(s)

  • Carbon monoxide, Carbonyl sulfide, Lanthanum oxysulfide, Reduction mechanism, Sulfur dioxide