Methanol, formaldehyde, and formic acid adsorption on methanol synthesis catalysts

James F. Edwards, Glenn L Schrader

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The adsorption of methanol, formaldehyde, and formic acid on Cu/ZnO and Cu/ZnO/Cr2O3 was studied by transmission infrared spectroscopy. Methanol adsorbed dissociatively to form a methoxy and hydroxyl species. Formaldehyde was adsorbed at 100°C on a zinc site through the oxygen. Adsorbed formaldehyde was very unstable at 200°C, forming methoxy and formate species. Formic acid adsorbed dissociatively to produce bidentate formate and hydroxyl species.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)782-788
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes


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