Enhanced methane activation on diluted metal–metal ensembles under an electric field: breakthrough in alloy catalysis†
Methane activation on diluted metal ensembles is a challenging task in the field of alloy chemistry. This report describes that synergy between an electric field and Pd–Zn alloy allows improved catalytic activities in the steam reforming of methane. Because of surface protonics, Pd–Pd ensembles are no longer needed. Ligand effects facilitate methane conversion.