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Operando DRIFTS-MS Study of WGS and rWGS Reaction on Biochar-Based Pt Catalysts: The Promotional Effect of Na

Departamento de Química Inorgánica, Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Sevilla, Centro Mixto CSIC–Universidad de Sevilla, 49 Av. Américo Vespucio, 41092 Sevilla, Spain
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Received: 17 July 2018 / Revised: 14 August 2018 / Accepted: 15 August 2018 / Published: 21 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Carbon-Based Catalyst)
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Biochar-based Pt catalysts, unpromoted and Na-promoted, were prepared by an incipient wetness impregnation method and characterised by Inductively coupled plasma mass spoectrometry (ICP-MS) analysis, X-ray diffraction, N2 adsorption and transmission, and scanning electron microscopy. It was demonstrated that a sodium promoter modifies the acid-base properties of the support, altering the Pt-support interaction. An operando Diffuse reflectance infrared fourier transform spectroscopy-mass spectrometry (DRIFTS-MS) study was performed to gain insights into the reaction pathways and the mechanism of the Water-Gass-Shift (WGS) and the Reverse Water-Gass-Shift (rWGS) reactions. It was demonstrated that the addition of Na enhances the catalytic performance due to the changes induced by the alkali in the electronic structure of the Pt active sites. This effect favours the activation of H2O molecules during the WGS reaction and the dissociation of CO2 during the rWGS reaction, although it may also favour the consecutive CO methanation pathway. View Full-Text
Keywords: biochar; Pt sites; Na promoter; operando DRIFTS-MS; WGS/rWGS biochar; Pt sites; Na promoter; operando DRIFTS-MS; WGS/rWGS

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Santos, J.L.; Bobadilla, L.F.; Centeno, M.A.; Odriozola, J.A. Operando DRIFTS-MS Study of WGS and rWGS Reaction on Biochar-Based Pt Catalysts: The Promotional Effect of Na. C 2018, 4, 47.

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