Enhanced CO Oxidation on the Oxide/Metal Interface : From Ultra-High Vacuum to Near-Atmospheric Pressures Article - Septembre 2015

Qiushi Pan, Xuefei Weng, Mingshu Chen, Livia Giordano, Gianfranco Pacchioni, Claudine Noguera, Jacek Goniakowski, Shamil Shaikhutdinov, Hans-Joachim Freund

Qiushi Pan, Xuefei Weng, Mingshu Chen, Livia Giordano, Gianfranco Pacchioni, Claudine Noguera, Jacek Goniakowski, Shamil Shaikhutdinov, Hans-Joachim Freund, « Enhanced CO Oxidation on the Oxide/Metal Interface : From Ultra-High Vacuum to Near-Atmospheric Pressures  », ChemCatChem, septembre 2015, pp. 2620–2627. ISSN 1867-3899

Abstract

We studied CO oxidation on FeO(1 1 1) films on Pt(1 1 1) at submonolayer oxide coverages at ultrahigh vacuum and near-atmospheric pressure conditions. The FeO(1 1 1) bilayer islands are inert towards CO2 formation. In contrast, the FeO2−x trilayer structure shows substantial CO2 production that reaches a maximum at ≈40 % coverage at both pressure conditions. The results provide compelling evidence that the FeO2−x/Pt(1 1 1) interface is the most active in CO oxidation. Although FeO2−x boundaries possesses weakly bound oxygen species, strong binding of CO to Pt favors the reaction at the FeO2−x/Pt interface as compared to the FeO2−x/FeO one, thus giving a rationale to the reactivity enhancement observed in systems exposing metal/oxide boundaries. In addition, oxygen diffusion from the interior of an FeO2−x island to the active edge sites may be effective for the oxygen replenishment in the CO oxidation catalytic cycle.

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