Study on Thermal Stability of Ceria-Supported Rhodium Catalysts
In the present work, the impact of the rhodium deposition on the thermal stability of ceria-based catalysts was studied. The samples were prepared by an incipient wetness impregnation of the support with aqueous solution of rhodium nitrate. The loading of Rh was 0.1 and 1 wt.%. The textural characteristics of the samples were examined by a low-temperature nitrogen adsorption. It was shown that the addition of rhodium intensifies the process of ceria agglomeration, which leads to the lower values of specific surface area along with increased average pore diameter after the aging at 1000 °C. Stability of the catalysts was investigated by means of a prompt thermal aging procedure. The high-loaded catalyst (1 wt.% Rh/CeO2) was more active than the 0.1 wt.% Rh/CeO2 sample, while the stability of both the catalysts was excellent. It should be emphasized that the alumina-based reference samples with the similar rhodium loading were significantly less active and poorly stable.