A group of scientists at the TSU Laboratory of Catalytic Research (LCR) has created a new multifunctional material that combines the properties of a sorbent and a catalyst and will help solve environmental problems. The new catalyst is capable of capturing and neutralizing toluene, benzene, methanol, and other hazardous substances from industrial discharges and exhaust gases from vehicles. The scientists presented the fundamentals of creating catalysts for improving the environment in a review article published by one of the most prestigious world journals in catalysis, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental (Q1).
Based on these fundamental data, TSU chemists have created a new material. They managed to find a combination Ag-CeO2/ SBA-15 (silicon oxide with an ordered structure), which does not contain expensive metals (platinum, palladium, and gold), but at the same time enables trapping and subsequent neutralization of harmful substances much more efficiently. These competitive advantages expand the possibilities of using the new material to limit emissions of harmful substances into the air.
It should be noted that dirty air increasingly leads to respiratory, infectious, and cardiovascular diseases, and many other pathologies in children and adults. The use of new technologies and products can significantly reduce its negative impact on the environment and human health.