Document Type: Research Paper
Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Maragheh, Maragheh, Iran
Dr. S.S. Bhatnagar University Institute of Chemical Engineering & Technology, Panjab University, Chandigarh, 160-014, India
Advanced Analysis Center, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul 136-791, South Korea
We report the preparation and characterization of spinel-structured FeCo2O4 nanoparticles for the efficient and selective oxidation of sulfides. The as-prepared FeCo2O4 nanoparticles were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), energy-dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). According to TEM images, the size of the FeCo2O4 particles is identified to be 10– 20 nm. The obtained FeCo2O4 nanoparticles were used as an efficient catalyst for oxidation of sulfides. For all sulfide substrates, very good conversions (69-100%) and selectivities (89-99%) depending on the nature of the sulfide substrates were obtained. The reusability and recoverability of catalyst show that the catalytic system can be reused fourth times without significant loss of reactivity and stability.