The CO/H2 reaction on Rh/MgO studied by transient isotopic methods
AuthorEfstathiou, Angelos M.
SourceJournal of Molecular Catalysis
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Various transient isotopic methods have been used to study the CO/H2 reaction over 2.5 wt% Rh/MgO catalyst at temperatures in the range 493-573 K. The steady-state tracing method permits the determination of the surface coverage of CO and that of the very active carbon Cα. The results confirm that the steps for methane formation pass through a large reservoir of surface CO and through a small reservoir of active carbon (θCα < 0.01). Rate control is largely determined by the rate of CO dissociation on the metal surface. The results also suggest that formate on the support may be an active intermediate to make CO2. Two pools of surface CO, one of α-CO* that readily exchanges with gaseous CO, and another one of β-CO* that does not exchange with gaseous CO are present on Rh and participate in the methanation reaction. The amount of β-CO* is found to increase with time on stream at 573 K. Some α-CO* and β-CO* interact with -OH groups of the support during a temperature-programmed reaction in He to give CO2 and H2, probably via a formate intermediate. © 1991.