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Activating a Cu/ZnO : Al Catalyst – Much More than Reduction: Decomposition, Self‐Doping and Polymorphism

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Frei,  Elias
Inorganic Chemistry, Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society;

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Heine,  Christian
Inorganic Chemistry, Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society;

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Friedrich,  Matthias
Inorganic Chemistry, Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society;

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Lunkenbein,  Thomas
Inorganic Chemistry, Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society;

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Schlögl,  Robert
Inorganic Chemistry, Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society;
Heterogeneous Reactions, Max-Planck-Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion , Stiftstr. 34 - 36 45470 Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany;

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Frei, E., Gaur, A., Lichtenberg, H., Heine, C., Friedrich, M., Greiner, M. T., et al. (2019). Activating a Cu/ZnO : Al Catalyst – Much More than Reduction: Decomposition, Self‐Doping and Polymorphism. ChemCatChem, 11(6), 1587-1592. doi:10.1002/cctc.201900069.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0003-528C-3
Abstract
The activation of Cu/ZnO‐based catalysts before their application is a key step and sensitive process enabling the development of the entire catalytic potential. Here, we report on a complementary (soft and hard) in‐situ X‐ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) study investigating in detail the changes of a Cu/ZnO : Al catalyst upon thermal treatment in reducing atmosphere (10 % H2) at ambient pressure. The spectroscopic features of Cu, Zn and Al are investigated. Beyond the reduction event of the Cu moieties, the role of high temperature carbonate and the Al‐dopant is discussed up to the consequences for the ZnO polymorphism. The stability of the observed effects and thus their catalytic relevance are validated by operando XAS under reverse water gas‐shift conditions.