Current progress on catalytic oxidation of toluene: a review

David Murindababisha, Abubakar Yusuf, Yong Sun, Chengjun Wang, Yong Ren, Jungang Lv, Hang Xiao, George Zheng Chen, Jun He

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Toluene is one of the pollutants that are dangerous to the environment and human health and has been sorted into priority pollutants; hence, the control of its emission is necessary. Due to severe problems caused by toluene, different techniques for the abatement of toluene have been developed. Catalytic oxidation is one of the promising methods and effective technologies for toluene degradation as it oxidizes it to CO2 and does not deliver other pollutants to the environment. This paper highlights the recent progressive advancement of the catalysts for toluene oxidation. Five categories of catalysts, including noble metal catalysts, transition metal catalysts, perovskite catalysts, metal-organic frameworks (MOFs)-based catalysts, and spinel catalysts reported in the past half a decade (2015–2020), are reviewed. Various factors that influence their catalytic activities, such as morphology and structure, preparation methods, specific surface area, relative humidity, and coke formation, are discussed. Furthermore, the reaction mechanisms and kinetics for catalytic oxidation of toluene are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62030-62060
Number of pages31
JournalEnvironmental Science and Pollution Research
Issue number44
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021


  • Catalysts
  • Catalytic performance
  • Oxidation
  • Toluene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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