Adsorption and reaction of CO on (Pd–)Al2O3 and (Pd–)ZrO2: vibrational spectroscopy of carbonate formation

Föttinger, K., Emhofer, W., Lennon, D. and Rupprechter, G. (2017) Adsorption and reaction of CO on (Pd–)Al2O3 and (Pd–)ZrO2: vibrational spectroscopy of carbonate formation. Topics in Catalysis, 60(19-20), pp. 1722-1734. (doi: 10.1007/s11244-017-0852-7)

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γ-Alumina is widely used as an oxide support in catalysis, and palladium nanoparticles supported by alumina represent one of the most frequently used dispersed metals. The surface sites of the catalysts are often probed via FTIR spectroscopy upon CO adsorption, which may result in the formation of surface carbonate species. We have examined this process in detail utilizing FTIR to monitor carbonate formation on γ-alumina and zirconia upon exposure to isotopically labelled and unlabelled CO and CO2. The same was carried out for well-defined Pd nanoparticles supported on Al2O3 or ZrO2. A water gas shift reaction of CO with surface hydroxyls was detected, which requires surface defect sites and adjacent OH groups. Furthermore, we have studied the effect of Cl synthesis residues, leading to strongly reduced carbonate formation and changes in the OH region (isolated OH groups were partly replaced or were even absent). To corroborate this finding, samples were deliberately poisoned with Cl to an extent comparable to that of synthesis residues, as confirmed by Auger electron spectroscopy. For catalysts prepared from Cl-containing precursors a new CO band at 2164 cm−1 was observed in the carbonyl region, which was ascribed to Pd interacting with Cl. Finally, the FTIR measurements were complemented by quantification of the amount of carbonates formed via chemisorption, which provides a tool to determine the concentration of reactive defect sites on the alumina surface.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lennon, Professor David
Authors: Föttinger, K., Emhofer, W., Lennon, D., and Rupprechter, G.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
Journal Name:Topics in Catalysis
ISSN (Online):1572-9028
Published Online:18 August 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in Topics in Catalysis 60(19-20): 1722-1734
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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