Qian Li1, Haibo Liu 1, Tianhu Chen 1, Dong Chen1, Changai Zhang1, Bin Xu1, Chengzhu Zhu1, Yang Jiang2

  • 1 Laboratory for Nanomineral and Environmental Material, School of Resources and Environmental Engineering, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei, Anhui 230009, China
  • 2 School of Materials Science and Engineering, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei, Anhui 230009, China

Received: July 11, 2017
Revised: August 18, 2017
Accepted: August 20, 2017
Download Citation: ||https://doi.org/10.4209/aaqr.2017.07.0229  

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Li, Q., Liu, H., Chen, T., Chen, D., Zhang, C., Xu, B., Zhu, C. and Jiang, Y. (2017). Characterization and SCR Performance of Nano-Structured Iron-Manganese Oxides: Effect of Annealing Temperature. Aerosol Air Qual. Res. 17: 2328-2337. https://doi.org/10.4209/aaqr.2017.07.0229


  • Nano-structured iron-manganese oxides composite was prepared.
  • Natural Mn-rich limonite is excellent precursor.
  • Mn-rich limonite after annealing at 500°C had the best SCR reactivity.
  • Larger surface area and more surface active sites enhanced the performance.



Nano-structured iron-manganese oxides composite was prepared by annealing of natural Mn-rich limonite at different temperatures (500, 600, 700, 800°C). Their SCR performances of NO removal by NH3 were evaluated, and SEM, TEM, XRD, XRF, BET, XPS, Raman, NH3-TPD were utilized to analyze the catalytic mechanism. The results indicated that after annealing at 500°C, the as-prepared iron-manganese oxides exhibited the best SCR performance in NO conversion and N2 selectivity (over 80%) at the temperature window of 150–300°C. An increase in annealing temperature from 500 to 800°C significantly increased the particle size resulting in the decrease of surface areas, active sites, and then SCR performances. The experimental results suggested the natural Mn-rich limonite was an excellent precursor for preparing iron-manganese oxides and possessed excellent SCR performance of NO removal by NH3. This study will provide a novel way for the preparation of SCR catalyst and exploit a new application field for natural limonite.

Keywords: Selective catalytic reduction; Natural limonite; Iron-manganese oxides; NO conversion; N2 selectivity

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