Advances on transition metal oxides catalysts for formaldehyde oxidation: a review

Abubakar Yusuf*, Colin Edward Snape, Jun He, Honghui Xu, Chaojie Liu, Ming Zhao, George Zheng Chen, Bencan Tang, Chengjun Wang, Jiawei Wang, Sailesh Behera

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This article highlights recent advances in the development of transition metal-based catalysts for formaldehyde oxidation, particularly the enhancement of their catalytic activity for low-temperature oxidation. Various factors that enhance low-temperature activity are reviewed, such as morphology and tunnel structures, synthesis methods, specific surface area, amount and type of active surface oxygen species, oxidation state, and density of active sites are discussed. In addition, catalyst immobilization for practical air purification, reaction mechanism of formaldehyde oxidation, and the reaction parameters affecting the overall efficiency of the reaction are also reviewed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-233
JournalCatalysis Reviews: Science and Engineering
Issue number3
Early online date7 Jul 2017
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017

Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Catalysis Reviews on 7 July 2017, available online:

Funding: including EPSRC grant EP/L016362/1


  • catalysts
  • formaldehyde
  • oxidation
  • transition metal oxides


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