Infrared spectroscopy of Cu/ZnO catalysts for the water-gas shift reaction and methanol synthesis

James F. Edwards, G. L. Schrader

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Abstract

A bidentate formate species adsorbed on a zinc site was a common intermediate in the water-gas shift and methanol synthesis reactions on Cu/ZnO catalysts. Adsorbed formaldehyde and methoxy species were identified as additional intermediates in the reaction pathway for methanol synthesis. An adsorbed carbonyl species on a reduced copper site was an activating agent for the reduction of formate groups to formaldehyde and methoxy species at 200°C.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5620-5624
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of physical chemistry
Volume88
Issue number23
StatePublished - Dec 1 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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