In situ surface coverage analysis of RuO2-catalysed HCl oxidation reveals the entropic origin of compensation in heterogeneous catalysis
authors Teschner, D; Novell-Leruth, G; Farra, R; Knop-Gericke, A; Schlogl, R; Szentmiklosi, L; Hevia, MG; Soerijanto, H; Schomacker, R; Perez-Ramirez, J; Lopez, N
nationality International
journal NATURE CHEMISTRY
keywords DEACON PROCESS; MECHANISM; KINETICS; RUO2; HYDROGEN; CARBON
abstract In heterogeneous catalysis, rates with Arrhenius-like temperature dependence are ubiquitous. Compensation phenomena, which arise from the linear correlation between the apparent activation energy and the logarithm of the apparent pre-exponential factor, are also common. Here, we study the origin of compensation and find a similar dependence on the rate-limiting surface coverage term for each Arrhenius parameter. This result is derived from an experimental determination of the surface coverage of oxygen and chlorine species using temporal analysis of products and prompt gamma activation analysis during HCl oxidation to Cl-2 on a RuO2 catalyst. It is also substantiated by theory. We find that compensation phenomena appear when the effect on the apparent activation energy caused by changes in surface coverage is balanced out by the entropic configuration contributions of the surface. This result sets a new paradigm in understanding the interplay of compensation effects with the kinetics of heterogeneously catalysed processes.
publisher NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP
issn 1755-4330
year published 2012
volume 4
issue 9
beginning page 739
ending page 745
digital object identifier (doi) 10.1038/NCHEM.1411
web of science category Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
subject category Chemistry
unique article identifier WOS:000308214200012
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