Effects of sulfuric acid treatment on the performance of Ga-Al2O3 for the hydrolytic decomposition of 1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane (HFC-134a)

Min Jae Kim, Yeonjin Kim, Jae Rang Youn, Il Ho Choi, Kyung Ran Hwang, Seung Gon Kim, Young Kwon Park, Seung Hyun Moon, Ki Bong Lee, Sang Goo Jeon

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HFC-134a, one of the representative hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used as a coolant gas, is a known greenhouse gas with high global warming potential. Catalytic decomposition is considered a promising technology for the removal of fluorinated hydrocarbons. However, systematic studies on the catalytic decomposition of HFC-134a are rare compared to those for other fluorinated hydrocarbon gases. In this study, Ga-Al2O3 and S/Ga-Al2O3 catalysts were prepared and the change in their properties post-acid treatment was investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET), temperature-programmed desorption of ammonia (NH3-TPD), in situ Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), scanning electron microscopy combined with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDS), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The S/Ga-Al2O3 catalyst achieved a much higher HFC-134a conversion than Ga-Al2O3, which was ascribed to the promotional effect of the sulfuric acid treatment on the Lewis acidity of the catalyst surface, as confirmed by NH3-TPD. Furthermore, the effect of hydrogen fluoride (HF) gas produced by HFC-134a decomposition on the catalyst was investigated. The S/Ga-Al2O3 maintained a more stable and higher HFC-134a conversion than Ga-Al2O3. Combining the results of the stability test and characterization, it was established that the sulfuric acid treatment not only increased the acidity of the catalyst but also preserved the partially reduced Ga species.

Original languageEnglish
Article number766
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jul


  • 1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane (HFC-134a)
  • Catalytic decomposition
  • Chlorofluorocarbon
  • Ga-AlO
  • Lewis acid site

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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