• Microwave-hydrothermal synthesis of mesoporous $\gamma$-Al$_2$O$_3$ and its impregnation with AgNPs for excellent catalytic oxidation of CO

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      Microwave hydrothermal; microstructure; mesoporous Al$_2$O$_3$; CO oxidation.

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      Mesoporous $\gamma$-alumina was synthesized by the microwave-hydrothermal process with a shorter duration time at 150$^{\circ}$C/2 h followed by calcination at 550$^{\circ}$C/1 h. Ag nanoparticles (AgNPs) were impregnated into $\gamma$-alumina under a reducing atmosphere at 450$^{\circ}$C. The synthesized product was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric (TG)/differential thermal analysis (DTA), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), N$_2$ adsorption–desorption study, fieldemissionscanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The BET surface area values of $\gamma$-alumina and Ag-impregnated $\gamma$-alumina were found to be 258 and 230 m$^2$ g$^{−1}$, respectively. FESEM images showed the formation of grain-like particles of 50–70 nm in size with a flake-like microstructure. The XRD, XPS and TEM studies confirmed the presence of Ag in the synthesized product. Catalytic properties of the product for CO oxidation was studied with the $T_{50}$ (50% conversion) and $T_{100}$ (100% conversion) values of 118 and 135$^{\circ}$C, respectively; the enhancedvalues were compared with the literature reported values.

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      SUKANYA KUNDU1 MILAN KANTI NASKAR1

      1. Sol–Gel Division, CSIR-Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, Kolkata 700 032, India
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