Production of molybdenum oxide particles with high yield by ultrasonic spray pyrolysis and their catalytic activity toward partial oxidation of n-dodecane

Hanseul Choi, Daeho Kim, Sung Pil Yoon, Jonghee Han, Su Ha, Jinsoo Kim

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Molybdenum oxides (MoOx) have shown interesting catalytic and electronic properties for various applications in recent years. However, they are typically synthesized via hydrothermal and solvothermal methods that have a low production yield of less than 1 g per batch. In this study, we developed a large-scale production and continuous process of MoO3 particles by utilizing an ultrasonic spray pyrolysis technology that allows the production rate of MoO3 particles at 4.5 g/h. The size and phase structure of the MoO3 particles were significantly affected by the pyrolysis temperature and concentration of precursor solution used. The as-synthesized MoO3 particles were reduced to MoO2 particles by H2 treatment at 700 °C for 3 h. Partial oxidation reaction was studied to test the catalytic performance of both the MoO3 and MoO2 particles using n-dodecane as a fuel. The MoO3 particles showed 45.3% of H2 yield and 74.1% of carbon conversion. After reduction, however, the MoO2 particles showed 60.8% of H2 yield and 87.4% of carbon conversion, which shows higher performance than that of commercial MoO2.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)276-283
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Mar 1
Externally publishedYes



  • Large-scale production and continuous process
  • Molybdenum dioxide (MoO)
  • Molybdenum trioxide (MoO)
  • Partial oxidation of n-dodecane
  • Ultrasonic spray pyrolysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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