Catalytic Oxidation of Carbon Monoxide on a Curved Pd Crystal: Spatial Variation of Active and Poisoning Phases in Stationary Conditions

Frederik Schiller, Max Ilyn, Virginia Pérez-Dieste, Carlos Escudero, Cristián Huck-Iriart, Nerea Ruiz Del Arbol, Benjamin Hagman, Lindsay R. Merte, Florian Bertram, Mikhail Shipilin, Sara Blomberg, Johan Gustafson, Edvin Lundgren, J. Enrique Ortega

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Abstract

Understanding nanoparticle catalysis requires novel approaches in which adjoining crystal orientations can be studied under the same reactive conditions. Here we use a curved palladium crystal and near-ambient pressure X-ray photoemission spectroscopy to characterize chemical species during the catalytic oxidation of CO in a whole set of surfaces vicinal to the (111) direction simultaneously. By stabilizing the reaction at fixed temperatures around the ignition point, we observe a strong variation of the catalytic activity across the curved surface. Such spatial modulation of the reaction stage is straightforwardly mapped through the photoemission signal from active oxygen species and poisoning CO, which are shown to coexist in a transient regime that depends on the vicinal angle. Line-shape analysis and direct comparison with ultrahigh vacuum experiments help identifying and quantifying all such surface species, allowing us to reveal the presence of surface oxides during reaction ignition and cooling-off.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16245-16252
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Volume140
Issue number47
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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