On repeated occasions we have read that volatile organic compounds are danaging for the atmosphere and to our health. This is why a group of researchers at the Leioa campus of the University of the Basque Country have put forward a process for “cleaning” these compounds before they are emitted into the atmosphere. Industry was chosen, amongst all the sources of these compounds, as the object for study.
To eliminate these compounds, they used catalytic oxidation, i.e. using oxygen from the atmosphere and, with the help of a catalyst, burning off the prejudicial compounds.
Catalysts, in this process, provide a number of advantages. On the one hand, they reduce the energy necessary for burning the contaminant compounds and, on the other, each type of contaminant gas has its specific catalyst. Nevertheless, for the combustion process to be effective, the catalysts have to comply with a series of requirements.
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