Temperature dependent CO oxidation mechanisms on size-selected clusters

Sebastian Kunz, Florian F. Schweinberger, Vahideh Habibpour, Martin Röttgen, Christopher Harding, Matthias Arenz, Ulrich Heiz

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Using p-MBRS experiments and TPR as well as FTIR measurements, it could be shown that dissociative oxygen activation occurs in the same temperature range for small clusters in comparison to faceted nanoparticles (NPs) and Pd single crystals. Surprisingly, CO poisoning does not take place on small Pd clusters at temperatures above 300 K. Furthermore, an oxygen activation has been found in this low temperature range which differs from the normal dissociative activation since it occurs only if CO is already adsorbed, before O2 adsorbs. Hence, the reactivity is promoted by CO under these conditions. This is in contrast to the normal Langmuir-Hinshelwood mechanism which has previously been observed for single crystals and facted NPs. Cooperative effects in the adsorption of the reactants are most likely responsible for such unordinary behaviors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1651-1654
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number3
StatePublished - 28 Jan 2010
Externally publishedYes


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