Dual pulsed-beam controlled mole fraction studies of the catalytic oxidation of CO on supported Pd nanocatalysts

C. J. Harding, S. Kunz, V. Habibpour, V. Teslenko, M. Arenz, U. Heiz

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Abstract

The characterisation of nanocatalytic materials was performed by pulsed molecular beam studies. Dual piezo-controlled pulsed molecular beams were used to probe oxidation reactions through their ability to accurately control the mole fraction of reactants. By varying the size of mass-selected Pd clusters soft-landed onto thin MgO films, strong dependency of the cluster size in the catalytic oxidation of CO was observed. True size effects were clearly observed only when experimental results were compensated for in the incoming flux. This correction led to determination of the reaction probability, the most unambiguous method of characterisation. Strong parallels between the new results for small, mass-selected clusters and grown, mass-distributed clusters can be clearly seen.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)234-240
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Catalysis
Volume255
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 25 Apr 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • CO
  • Clusters
  • Mass-selected
  • Mole fraction
  • Nanocatalysis
  • Oxidation
  • Palladium
  • p-MBRS

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