Irene Groot uses set-ups that combine an ultrahigh vacuum environment for model catalyst preparation and characterization with a high-pressure flow reactor cell, integrated with either a scanning tunneling microscope or an atomic force microscope.
As is well-known, there are quite often several plausible reaction rate models even for rather simple reactions which can be nearly equally well fitted to Langmuir-Hinshelwood equations.
If diffusion rates are not taken into account, the reaction rates for various reactions on surfaces depend solely on the rate constants and reactant concentrations. Topics that are currently studied are Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, NO reduction and oxidation, hydrodesulfurization, and chlorine production.
This step is a function of conversion and temperature. The results are compared with experiments. A good fit is meaningless with respect to the real mechanism, it is merely decriptive within the parameter range Thesis on heterogeneous catalysis the measurements.
Adsorption[ edit ] Adsorption is commonly an essential first step in heterogeneous catalysis. Therefore, instationary experiments are a useful tool in microkinetic modeling. Wagner and Hauffe  first applied a perturbation method to the study of a reaction between oxygen and adsorbed hydrogen on palladium by measuring electrical conductivity response to the change of oxygen flow.
The heterogeneous reactions take place on the catalyst surface where some adsorbed species are present during the reaction. Evaluating kinetic data only from gas phase measurements is an inverse problem which is, from a mathematical point of view, a so-called ill-posed problem.
One of the two molecules, A, is adsorbed on the surface. In this case statistical mechanics approaches are appropriate [43, 55, 56]. In the first type, physisorptioninduces only small changes to the electronic structure of the adsorbate.
Chemisorption is traditionally described by the Lennard-Jones potentialwhich considers various cases, two of which are. Under steady-state conditions all elementary steps in series are progressing at the same rate and hence the measured rates cannot give decisive hints about the reaction mechanism.
The project aims first at simulating the elementary steps involved in the sulfidation and reduction reactions of the precursors in order to identify the key descriptors intermediates, transition states, anchoring sites… of the activation steps of the supported MoS2 phase.
The feed variations should enable one to discriminate between the suggested kinetic models. After reaction, the products desorb from the surface and diffuse away.
First the reactants adsorb onto the surface. Types of adsorption[ edit ] Two types of adsorption are recognized in heterogeneous catalysis, although many processes fall into an ambiguous range between the two extremes.
Most metal surface reaction occur by chain propagation. In collaboration with Gertjan van Baarle Leiden Probe Microscopy operando optical microscopy is used to shed light on the structure-activity relationship of catalysts.
The reverse of this process the adsorbate splitting from adsorbent is called desorption. Groot focuses on the investigation of industrially relevant reactions to produce sustainable energy and materials.
In terms of surface reactions three mechanisms apply. The periodic response is more sensitive to the reaction mechanism than the transient response.
The analysis of the products as a function of time give information on elementary steps of the reactions. Then the newly formed A-B desorbs. Using in situ imaging techniques under industrial conditions, Dr. But as different reaction mechanisms can result in the same kinetic behavior, additional spectroscopic measurements of the adsorbed species can be inevitable.
As was shown by Pekar and Koubek  the concept of a rate-determining step is not useful in any case, especially not for instationary operation.This thesis is open to any student strongly motivated by research in catalysis and more particularly by learning computational chemistry methods applied to catalysis, in close link with experiments.
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The nanoscale structure of a catalyst under reaction conditions determines its activity, selectivity, and stability. For the production of sustainable energy and materials, new catalysts are needed. By understanding the structure-activity relationships of catalysts under reaction conditions, insight.
Introduction to Heterogeneous Catalysis solves this issue by presenting not only the basic concepts of catalysis but also, right from the beginning, integrating the chemical, materials and engineering aspects of catalysis in examples taken directly from industry.Download