Unraveling the H2 promotional effect on the Palladium catalysed CO oxidation using a combination of temporally and spatially resolved investigations

Caomhan Stewart, Emma K Gibson, Kevin Morgan, Giannantonio Cibin, Andrew Dent, Christopher Hardacre, Evgenii V. Kondratenko, Vita Kondratenko, Colin McManus, Scott Rogers, Cristina-Elena Stere, Sarayute Chansai, Yi-Chi Wang, Sarah Haigh, Peter Wells, Alexandre Goguet

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Abstract

The promotional effect of H2 on the oxidation of CO is of topical interest and there is debate over whether this promotion is due to either thermal or chemical effects. As yet there is no definitive consensus in the literature. Combining spatially resolved mass spectrometry and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) we observe a specific environment of the active catalyst during CO oxidation, having the same specific local coordination of the Pd in both the absence and presence of H2. In combination with Temporal Analysis of Products (TAP), performed under isothermal conditions, a mechanistic insight into the promotional effect of H2 was found, providing clear evidence of non-thermal effects in the hydrogen promoted of oxidation of carbon monoxide. We have identified that H2 promotes the Langmuir Hinshelwood mechanism and we propose this is linked to the increased interaction of O with the Pd surface in the presence of H2. This combination of spatially resolved MS and XAS and TAP studies has provided previously unobserved insights into the nature of this promotional effect.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8255-8262
Number of pages8
JournalACS Catalysis
Early online date26 Jul 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 07 Sep 2018

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