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The nature of the active site in heterogeneous metal catalysis

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This tutorial review, of relevance for the surface science and heterogeneous catalysis communities, provides a molecular-level discussion of the nature of the active sites in metal catalysis. Fundamental concepts such as “Brønsted–Evans–Polanyi relations” and “volcano curves” are introduced, and are used to establish a strict partitioning between the so-called “electronic” and “geometrical” effects. This partitioning is subsequently employed as the basis for defining the concept “degree of structure sensitivity” which can be used when analyzing the structure sensitivity of catalytic reactions.

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Submitted
09 May 2008
First published
04 Aug 2008

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2008,37, 2163-2171
Article type
Tutorial Review

The nature of the active site in heterogeneous metal catalysis

J. K. Nørskov, T. Bligaard, B. Hvolbæk, F. Abild-Pedersen, I. Chorkendorff and C. H. Christensen, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2008, 37, 2163
DOI: 10.1039/B800260F

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