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An operando DRIFTS investigation into the resistance against CO2 poisoning of a Rh/alumina catalyst during toluene hydrogenation

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Abstract

CO2 is a major contaminant of renewable H2 derived from biomass fermentation. The effect of the presence of CO2 on the activity of alumina-supported Pt and Rh catalysts used for the hydrogenation of toluene at 348 K was investigated. The use of operando diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRIFTS) was crucial in unravelling the changes in the nature and abundance of species adsorbed at the sample surface and relating those to the changes of catalytic activity. Rhodium supported on alumina was only partly deactivated by the introduction of CO2 during the hydrogenation of toluene, contrary to the case of Pt/alumina. Rh was only partially covered by carbonyl species derived from CO2 and it was shown that toluene could successfully compete with some of the linearly adsorbed carbonyls for adsorption. The alumina support stored many CO2-derived adsorbates (carbonates, hydrogenocarbonates, carboxylates) that could spill over to the metal and form carbonyl species even after the removal of CO2 from the feed.

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The article was received on 15 Aug 2011, accepted on 22 Sep 2011 and first published on 11 Oct 2011


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C1CP22620G
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2012,14, 2159-2163
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    An operando DRIFTS investigation into the resistance against CO2 poisoning of a Rh/alumina catalyst during toluene hydrogenation

    J. Scalbert, F. C. Meunier, C. Daniel and Y. Schuurman, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2012, 14, 2159
    DOI: 10.1039/C1CP22620G

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