Recent advances in volatile organic compounds abatement by catalysis and catalytic hybrid processes: A critical review

Jung Eun Lee, Yong Sik Ok, Daniel C.W. Tsang, Ji Hyeon Song, Sang Chul Jung, Young Kwon Park

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Air pollution, particularly for toxic and harmful compounds to humans and the environment, has aroused increasing public concerns. Among air pollutants, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are the main sources of air pollution. Many attempts have been made to control VOCs using catalysts, plasma, photolysis, and adsorption. Among them, oxidative catalysis by noble metals or transition metal oxides is considered one of the most feasible and effective methods to control VOCs. This paper reviews the experimental achievements on the abatement of VOCs using noble metals, transition metals and modified metal oxide catalysts. Although the catalytic degradation of VOCs appears to be feasible, there are unavoidable problems when only catalysis treatments are applied to the field. Therefore, catalysts including hybrid processes are developed to improve the removal efficiency of VOCs. This review addresses new hybrid treatments to remove VOCs using catalysts, including hybrid treatment combined with plasma, photolysis, and adsorption. The mechanism of the oxidation of VOCs by catalysts is explained by adsorption-desorption principles, such as the Langmuir-Hinshelwood, Eley-Rideal, and Mars-van-Krevelen mechanisms. A π-backbonding interaction between unsaturated compounds and transition metals is introduced to better understand the mechanism of VOC removals. Finally, several factors affecting the catalytic activities, such as support, component ratio, preparation method, metal loading, and deactivation factor, are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number137405
JournalScience of the Total Environment
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2020


  • Catalysis
  • Hybrid treatment
  • Indoor air quality
  • Plasma
  • VOCs


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