A facile growth process of CeO2-Co3O4 composite nanotubes and its catalytic stability for CO oxidation

Hyerim Oh, Il Hee Kim, Nam Suk Lee, Young Dok Kim, Myung Hwa Kim

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Hybrid cerium dioxide (CeO2)-cobalt oxide (Co3O4) composite nanotubes were successfully prepared by a combination of electrospinning and thermal annealing using CeO2 and Co3O4 precursors for the first time. Electrospun CeO2-Co3O4 composite nanotubes represent relatively porous surface texture with small dimensions between 80 and 150 nm in the outer diameter. The microscopic investigations indicate that the nanoparticle like crystalline structures of CeO2 and Co3O4 are homogenously distributed and continuously connected to form the shape of nanotube in the length of a few micrometers during thermal annealing. It is expected that the different evaporation behaviors of solvents and matrix polymer between the core and the shell in as-spun nanofibers in the course of thermal annealing could be reasonably responsible for the formation of well-defined CeO2/Co3O4 hybrid nanotubes. Additionally, the general catalytic activities of electrospun CeO2/Co3O4 hybrid nanotubes toward the oxidation of carbon monoxide (CO) were carefully examined by a continuous flow system, resulting in favorable catalytic activity as well as catalytic stability for CO oxidation between 150 °C and 200 °C without the deactivation of the catalyst with time stems from accumulation of reaction intermediates such as carbonate species.

Original languageEnglish
Article number085041
JournalMaterials Research Express
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2017


  • Cerium oxide
  • CO oxidation
  • Cobalt oxide
  • Electrospinning
  • Heterogeneous catalyst
  • Nanotube


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