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Oxidation Catalysts for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

VOC = Volatile Organic Compounds

A high VOC removal/deodorizing efficiency can be achieved with small highly active catalysts.

Metal honeycomb surfaces are coated with catalysts using precious metals such as platinum and palladium to provide high-performance honeycomb catalysts for VOC treatment etc.

Metal Honeycomb Catalysts


  • More highly active than ceramic honeycomb catalysts etc. because the wash-coat layer supporting the catalytic precious metal is thinner 
  • The metal honeycomb structure has a larger surface area than conventional structures with the same number of cells. 
  • The metal honeycomb structure has a high cross section aperture ratio, reducing the drop in gas pressure. 
  • The metal catalyst structure has a high physical strength against drop impact and pushing force. 
  • Can be reactivated and recycled (VOC treatment type). 

Catalytic Oxidation of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

Comparison of the Characteristics of Catalytic Supports

TypeMetal HoneycombCeramic HoneycombPellet
Substrate compositionFe-Cr-AlSiO2-Al2O3-MgOΥ-Al2O3
Thermal conductivityLargeSmallSmall
Packed density0.4~0.60.6~0.70.4~0.8
Heat capacitySmallMiddleLarge
Space velocity30,000~60,000h-120,000~40,000h-110,000~30,000h-1
Pressure drop*
Mechanical strengthStrongWeakMiddle
Thermal shock resistanceStrongWeakMiddle

*Pressure drop at 1.0 Nm/sec, 200°C

Sizes and Capacity of Metal Honeycomb Catalysts (for reference)

ShapeCatalyst size
Catalyst volume
Gas flow rate
Cubic shape50x50x5012563~125
Cubic shape100x100x50500250~500
Cubic shape150x150x501125563~1125
Cubic shape150x150x751688844~1688
Cylindrical shapeφ56x5012362~123
Cylindrical shapeφ84.5x50280140~280
Cylindrical shapeφ109x50467234~467
Cylindrical shapeφ158.5x50987494~987
Cylindrical shapeφ158.5x751480740~1480
Cylindrical shapeφ209x501715858~1715
Cylindrical shapeφ309.5x5037621881~3762

VOC Removal Efficiency of Metal Honeycomb Catalysts

*1 Space Velocity = (Flow rate of gas flowing though the catalyst per hour) / (Catalyst volume)

PHC (Pre-Heater and Catalyst)

PHC has a sheath heater and metal catalyst built in the stainless steel tube which is mounted on the exhaust pipe to treat VOC gases. PHC is particularly useful when the flow rate is small. In addition, tar accumulation can be prevented by installing PHC in the upstream side of the exhaust pipe.

Electric heater

Specifications of PHC (for reference)

Diameter sizeHeater capacity (kW)Catalyst volume
50A0.9Determined depending on the
substance to be treated and flow rate.
80A2.0Determined depending on the 
substance to be treated and flow rate.
100A2.6,4.0Determined depending on the 
substance to be treated and flow rate.
150A5.0,7.0,9.0Determined depending on the 
substance to be treated and flow rate.
200A9.0,10.5Determined depending on the 
substance to be treated and flow rate.

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