DFT and DRIFTS studies of ethanol oxidation on oxide-supported noble metal catalysts

Lucia M. Petkovic, Sergey N. Rashkeev, Daniel M. Ginosar

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Abstract

A combination of in-situ diffuse reflectance infrared spectroscopy (DRIFTS) analysis and first-principles density-functional-theory (DFT) based calculations were used to uncover the fundamental phenomena associated with ethanol oxidation on platinum group metal (Pt, Rh, and Pd) containing catalysts. We show that metal particles accumulate oxygen at their surface and play the key role in burning ethanol molecules and their fragments. The oxide substrates at which the mobility of molecular fragments is high provide the highest supply rate of these species to the metal particles (and the highest oxidation rate). We investigated other factors that affect the ethanol oxidation including the shape of metal nanoparticles, the reactivity of the perimeter sites between the particle and the substrate, and the ability of oxygen atoms and molecular fragments to move from the nanoparticle to the substrate. These results explain the differences in ethanol oxidation process for different metals/oxide substrate catalysts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAmerican Chemical Society - 238th National Meeting and Exposition, ACS 2009, Abstracts of Scientific Papers
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009
Event238th National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society, ACS 2009 - Washington, DC, United States
Duration: 16 Aug 200920 Aug 2009

Publication series

NameACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts
ISSN (Print)0065-7727

Other

Other238th National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society, ACS 2009
CountryUnited States
CityWashington, DC
Period16/8/0920/8/09

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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Petkovic, L. M., Rashkeev, S. N., & Ginosar, D. M. (2009). DFT and DRIFTS studies of ethanol oxidation on oxide-supported noble metal catalysts. In American Chemical Society - 238th National Meeting and Exposition, ACS 2009, Abstracts of Scientific Papers (ACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts).