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The effect of heat treatment on the performance and structure of carbon-supported Au-Pd catalysts for the direct synthesis of hydrogen peroxide

Edwards, Jennifer Kelly, Pritchard, James Charles, Piccinini, Marco, Shaw, Greg, He, Qian, Carley, Albert Frederick, Kiely, Christopher John and Hutchings, Graham John 2012. The effect of heat treatment on the performance and structure of carbon-supported Au-Pd catalysts for the direct synthesis of hydrogen peroxide. Journal of Catalysis 292 , pp. 227-238. 10.1016/j.jcat.2012.05.018

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The direct synthesis of hydrogen peroxide using supported gold palladium catalysts prepared by incipient wetness impregnation is described and discussed. The effect of an acid pre-treatment step on the activated carbon support prior to the deposition of the metals, together with the effect of the calcination temperature, has been investigated. The acid pre-treated samples all show superior activity to those materials prepared with the omission of this acid pre-treatment stage. The calcination temperature affects both the re-usability and hydrogenation activity of the catalysts. Detailed characterisation using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy is described. The enhanced activity is associated with a higher surface concentration of palladium in the acid pre-treated samples which is principally present as Pd2+. Calcination of the catalysts at 400 °C is required to achieve re-usable and stable catalysts, and this is associated with the morphology and dispersion of the metal nanoparticles. The surface ratio of Pd0/Pd2+ is found to be an important factor controlling the hydrogenation of hydrogen peroxide, and a series of controlled reduction and re-oxidation of a sample show how the Pd0/Pd2+ surface ratio can influence the relative rates of hydrogen peroxide synthesis and hydrogenation.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Chemistry
Cardiff Catalysis Institute (CCI)
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Uncontrolled Keywords: Gold palladium nanoparticles; Hydrogen peroxide direct synthesis; Aberration-corrected microscopy
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0021-9517
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2019 10:21

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