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Catalytic reduction of SO2 by CO over Au4Pt2(CO)n and Au6Pt(CO)n clusters: a first-principles study

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Abstract

The catalytic properties of the magic gold–platinum bimetallic clusters (Au4Pt2 and Au6Pt) for the reduction of SO2 by CO, without or with preadsorbing CO molecules, are firstly investigated using density functional theory calculations. We find that the catalytic activities improve effectively with the preadsorption of CO onto the catalysts and that the catalytic activities of Au6Pt(CO)n are better than those of Au4Pt2(CO)n as more CO molecules are adsorbed onto the catalysts. During the reaction process, the Au4Pt2(CO)n clusters always keep two-dimensional morphologies except for when n = 5 and the Au6Pt(CO)n clusters have three-dimensional geometries except for when n = 0. The most stable adsorption site for SO2 molecules on the catalysts is the site of preadsorbing the next CO molecule on the corresponding catalysts. The largest activation energy (Emaxa) is related to the metal 5d (M-5d) band center and the charge transfer (Ct) as well as the bond length (Rb) between COS and the catalyst contribute to the desorption energy (Ed) of COS corporately. We propose that Au6Pt(CO)6 is a cost-effective gold–platinum bimetallic catalyst for the reduction of SO2 by CO.

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The article was received on 14 Jul 2017, accepted on 05 Oct 2017 and first published on 09 Oct 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7CP04740A
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017,19, 29278-29286
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    Catalytic reduction of SO2 by CO over Au4Pt2(CO)n and Au6Pt(CO)n clusters: a first-principles study

    W. Xie, H. Zhu, S. Wei and D. Hua, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, 19, 29278
    DOI: 10.1039/C7CP04740A

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