Jump to main content
Jump to site search

Volume 208, 2018
Previous Article Next Article

The challenge of catalyst prediction

Author affiliations


New insights and successful use of computational catalysis are highlighted. This is within the context of remaining issues that prevent theoretical catalysis to be fully predictive of catalyst performance. A major challenge is to include in modelling studies the transient initiation as well as deactivation processes of the catalyst. We will illustrate this using as an example for solid acid catalysis, the alkylation process, and for transition metal catalysis, the Fischer–Tropsch reaction. For the alkylation reaction of isobutane and alkene, an important reaction for high octane gasoline, we will present a deactivation model. For the Fischer–Tropsch reaction, which converts synthesis gas into gasoline grade molecules, we discuss structural reorganization of the catalyst induced by reaction.

Graphical abstract: The challenge of catalyst prediction

Back to tab navigation

Associated articles

Article information

17 Nov 2017
15 Jan 2018
First published
15 Jan 2018

Faraday Discuss., 2018,208, 35-52
Article type

The challenge of catalyst prediction

R. A. van Santen, A. Sengar and E. Steur, Faraday Discuss., 2018, 208, 35
DOI: 10.1039/C7FD00208D

Social activity

Search articles by author