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Preparation of Ag/HOPG model catalysts with a variable particle size and an in situ xps study of their catalytic properties in ethylene oxidation

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Rocha,  Tulio
Inorganic Chemistry, Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society;

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Knop-Gericke,  Axel
Inorganic Chemistry, Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society;

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Demidov, D. V., Prosvirin, I. P., Sorokin, A. M., Rocha, T., Knop-Gericke, A., & Bukhtiyarov, V. I. (2011). Preparation of Ag/HOPG model catalysts with a variable particle size and an in situ xps study of their catalytic properties in ethylene oxidation. Kinetics and Catalysis, 52(6), 855-861. doi:10.1134/S002315841106005X.


Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-000F-3BAA-2
Abstract
The preparation of model silver catalysts supported on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite is
described, and the effect of the Ag particle size on the catalytic ethylene oxidation into ethylene oxide, studied by in situ XPS and mass spectrometry, is considered. For a mean particle diameter of 8 nm, the adsorbed oxygen species characterized by an O 1s binding energy of 530.8 ± 0.2 eV (electrophilic oxygen) forms on the silver surface exposed to the ethylene–oxygen reaction mixture. Larger silver particles with a mean diameter of 40 nm additionally contain the adsorbed oxygen species characterized by an O 1s binding energy of 529.2 ±0.2 eV (nucleophilic oxygen). The presence of both oxygen species on the surface of the larger particles
ensures the formation of ethylene oxide, while the sample with the smaller silver particles is inactive in the epoxidation reaction. The O 1s signal at 530.8 eV is partly due to oxygen dissolved in the subsurface layers of silver.