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Methanol Reactions on Bimetallic Ru(0001)-based Surfaces Under UHV Conditions

Gazdzicki, Pawel and Jakob, Peter (2012) Methanol Reactions on Bimetallic Ru(0001)-based Surfaces Under UHV Conditions. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 15, pp. 1460-1470. Royal Society of Chemistry. DOI: 10.1039/C2CP42765F ISSN 1463-9076

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This article focuses on thermally induced methanol reactions on bimetallic Ru(0001)-based catalyst surfaces performed under ultrahigh vacuum conditions. Specifically, reaction intermediates and pathways on various clean and oxygen covered surfaces (Ru(0001), Cu/Ru(0001), Pt/Ru(0001), and Pt$_x$Ru$_{1-x}$/Ru(0001) surface alloys) have been studied by means of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and temperature programmed desorption. On the basis of this comparison and results reported in the literature methanol reactions on metal surfaces can be subdivided into two major pathways: (i) total dehydrogenation of methanol leading to CO, and (ii) an oxidation pathway which produces gaseous CO$_2$. On the clean surfaces either the dehydrogenation pathway is observed or no reaction occurs at all. The CO$_2$ producing path opens up only upon adsorption of oxygen. In parallel, the CO formation diminishes. In this context, the influence of oxygen on the yields of possible reaction products is analyzed. Generally, it is found that methanol reactions are promoted by disordered and dilute oxygen layers; dense and ordered O-overlayers, on the other hand, passivate the surface effectively. Referring to the direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC), a significant drawback of adding oxygen is the reaction of the oxygen atoms with hydrogen from methanol dehydrogenation to gaseous water. As hydrogen is the energy provider in a DMFC the desorbing water represents an unwanted drain of H atoms. Interestingly, the surfaces which produce the highest amount of CO$_2$ are also most efficient with respect to water formation. As the drain of H atoms on oxygen covered Pt$_x$Ru$_{1-x}$/Ru(0001) surface alloys is limited and they nonetheless exhibit CO$_2$ as a final product they represent a compromise regarding the ideal catalyst material for a DMFC. In particular, alloys with a Pt content of $50-80$\% are found to display superior performance.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/79429/
Document Type:Article
Title:Methanol Reactions on Bimetallic Ru(0001)-based Surfaces Under UHV Conditions
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Gazdzicki, Pawelpawel.gazdzicki (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Jakob, PeterUni MarburgUNSPECIFIED
Date:3 December 2012
Journal or Publication Title:Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1039/C2CP42765F
Page Range:pp. 1460-1470
Publisher:Royal Society of Chemistry
Keywords:surface chemical reactions, methanol, bimetallic surfaces, adsorption, desorption, heterogeneous catalysis, UHV, single crystals, infrared spectroscopy
HGF - Research field:Energy
HGF - Program:Efficient Energy Conversion and Use (old)
HGF - Program Themes:Fuel Cells (old)
DLR - Research area:Energy
DLR - Program:E EV - Energy process technology
DLR - Research theme (Project):E - Elektrochemische Prozesse (old)
Location: Stuttgart
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics > Electrochemical Energy Technology
Deposited By: Gazdzicki, Dr. Pawel
Deposited On:05 Dec 2012 14:01
Last Modified:06 Sep 2019 15:16

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