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Title: Multimodal Study of the Speciations and Activities of Supported Pd Catalysts During the Hydrogenation of Ethylene

In this paper we describe a multimodal exploration of the atomic structure and chemical state of silica-supported palladium nanocluster catalysts during the hydrogenation of ethylene in operando conditions that variously transform the metallic phases between hydride and carbide speciations. The work exploits a microreactor that allows combined multiprobe investigations by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS), and microbeam IR (μ-IR) analyses on the catalyst under operando conditions. The work specifically explores the reaction processes that mediate the interconversion of hydride and carbide phases of the Pd clusters in consequence to changes made in the composition of the gas-phase reactant feeds, their stability against coarsening, the reversibility of structural/compositional transformations, and the role that oligomeric/waxy byproducts (here forming under hydrogen-limited reactant compositions) might play in modifying activity. The results provide new insights into structural features of the chemistry/mechanisms of Pd catalysis during the selective hydrogenation of acetylene in ethylene—a process simplified here in the use of binary ethylene/hydrogen mixtures. Finally, these explorations, performed in operando conditions, provide new understandings of structure–activity relationships for Pd catalysis in regimes that actively transmute important attributes of electronic and atomic structures.
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  1. Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, IL (United States); Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
  2. Stony Brook Univ., NY (United States)
  3. Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, IL (United States)
  4. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
  5. Stony Brook Univ., NY (United States); Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 1932-7447
Grant/Contract Number:
SC0012704; FG02-03ER15476
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Physical Chemistry. C
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 121; Journal Issue: 34; Journal ID: ISSN 1932-7447
American Chemical Society
Research Org:
Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL (United States); Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22); BNL Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Program
Country of Publication:
United States
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