Low-Cost Method for Producing Highly Stable, Active Precious Metal Catalysts

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As shown in the example, at least a portion of the precious metal (PGM–platinum group metal) encapsulated between the base material and the irreducible metal oxides may be shuttled to the surface of the metal oxide to form stable, catalytically active sites that can resist sintering at high temperatures.
Fudong Liu, Ph.D.
External Link (www.cecs.ucf.edu)
Shaohua Xie, Ph.D.
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  • Universal technique for fabricating precious metal or metal oxide support catalysts
  • Excellent low-temperature catalytic activity
  • Large-scale industrial applications

Researchers at the University of Central Florida have developed a novel universal technique for fabricating precious metal catalysts that exhibit both high catalytic activity and excellent thermal stability. UCF’s Reverse Loading and Metal Shuttling Strategy offers a low-cost solution to traditional fabrication methods, such as those that require complex preparation procedures or are limited to a strong match between the metals and specific supports. The new technique may enable manufacturers to meet more stringent vehicle emission standards in the future. For example, the technology could be used to achieve more than 90 percent catalytic conversion at temperatures below 150 C in the removal of pollutants like carbon monoxide (CO), hydrocarbons (HCs) and nitrogen oxide (NO).

Technical Details

The UCF invention is a method of fabricating precious metal catalysts using a novel reverse loading and metal shuttling technique that prevents the metals from sintering at high temperatures while maintaining excellent low-temperature activity. The precious metal can include platinum (Pt), palladium (Pd), rhodium (Rh), iridium (Ir), gold (Au) or a precious metal alloy. In one example, an inverse loading process encapsulates precious metals between reducible metal oxides and irreducible metal oxides. A calcination process applied to the sandwich-like catalyst structure shuttles the precious metals to the surface of the reducible metal oxides. The resulting precious metal catalytic structure exhibits unique catalytically active sites, high thermal stability, and excellent low-temperature catalytic activity (for example, catalytic activity at temperatures at or below approximately 150 C which help extend the life of exhaust system).

Partnering Opportunity

The research team is looking for partners to develop the technology further for commercialization.

Stage of Development

Prototype available.


  • Low cost, facile preparation procedures
  • Enables high thermal stability and excellent low-temperature catalytic activity (for example, temperatures at or below approximately 150 C)
  • Works universally with precious metals or metal oxide supports
  • Can be implemented for large-scale industrial applications


  • Chemical refinery
  • Catalyst supply
  • Automotive manufacturing

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