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Title: Room-temperature activation of methane and dry re-forming with CO 2 on Ni-CeO 2 (111) surfaces: Effect of Ce 3+ sites and metal–support interactions on C–H bond cleavage

The results of core-level photoemission indicate that Ni-CeO 2(111) surfaces with small or medium coverages of nickel are able to activate methane at 300 K, producing adsorbed CH x and CO x (x = 2, 3) groups. Calculations based on density functional theory predict a relatively low activation energy of 0.6–0.7 eV for the cleavage of the first C–H bond in the adsorbed methane molecule. Ni and O centers of ceria work in a cooperative way in the dissociation of the C–H bond at room temperature, where a low Ni loading is crucial for the catalyst activity and stability. The strong electronic perturbations in the Ni nanoparticles produced by the ceria supports of varying natures, such as stoichiometric and reduced, result in a drastic change in their chemical properties toward methane adsorption and dissociation as well as the dry reforming of methane reaction. Lastly, the coverage of Ni has a drastic effect on the ability of the system to dissociate methane and catalyze the dry re-forming process.
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  1. Instituto de Fisica Rosario (IFIR, CONICET-UNR), Santa Fe (Argentina)
  2. Univ. Central de Venezuela, Caracas (Venezuela)
  3. State Univ. of New York, Stony Brook, NY (United States)
  4. CIC Energigune, Alava (Spain)
  5. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
  6. State Univ. of New York, Stony Brook, NY (United States); Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
  7. Instituto de Catalisis y Petroleoquimica (ICP-CSIC), Madrid (Spain)
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 2155-5435; R&D Project: CO040; KC0302010
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
ACS Catalysis
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: ACS Catalysis; Journal ID: ISSN 2155-5435
American Chemical Society
Research Org:
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; ceria; DFT; dry re-forming; methane activation; nickel; support effect; supported catalysts; XPS
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