CO tolerance of a Pt3Sn(111) catalyst in ethanol decomposition

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Author(s)

  • Xiaoqing Lu
  • Zhigang Deng
  • Shuxian Wei
  • Qing Zhu
  • Weili Wang
  • Wenyue Guo

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3246-3258
Journal / PublicationCatalysis Science and Technology
Volume5
Issue number6
Online published9 Apr 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015

Abstract

CO tolerance is one of the crucial factors to protect catalysts against inactivation during ethanol decomposition processes. Herein, the intrinsic essence of CO tolerance and the effect of the alloying element Sn in Pt3Sn(111) are investigated by combining periodic density functional theory (DFT) and microkinetic modelling. It is found that the most competitive route to CO proceeds via CH3CH2OH → CH3CH2O → CH3CHO → CH3CO → CH2CO → CH2 + CO. Resulting from the decomposition of easily-oxidized CH3CO and hard-forming but readily-desorbed CH2CO, and the less competitive C-C bond scission occurring before Cα-H, Cβ-H, and O-H bond scission, the formation of CO is not facile on Pt3Sn(111). The alloying element Sn plays "bifunctional" and "ligand effect" roles to effectively strengthen O-end species adsorption, adjust the alloy electronic structures and weaken the Pt-CO bonds, thus facilitating CO elimination from Pt3Sn(111). Microkinetic modelling confirms the substantially high CO tolerance of Pt3Sn, and easy desorption of the most abundant species such as CH2CO and CH2 from the surface above room temperature. This theoretical work sheds new light on the CO tolerance of Pt3Sn(111) in ethanol decomposition and provides a fresh perspective on understanding the effect of alloying elements.

Citation Format(s)

CO tolerance of a Pt3Sn(111) catalyst in ethanol decomposition. / Lu, Xiaoqing; Deng, Zhigang; Wei, Shuxian; Zhu, Qing; Wang, Weili; Guo, Wenyue; Wu, Chi-Man Lawrence.

In: Catalysis Science and Technology, Vol. 5, No. 6, 01.06.2015, p. 3246-3258.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review