Reactivity of ethyl groups on a Sn/Pt(111) surface alloy

Haibo Zhao, Bruce E. Koel

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In order to probe the thermal stability and reactivity of ethyl intermediates on Pt-Sn alloy catalysts, we have synthesized these species by reaction of H atoms with adsorbed ethylene on a (√3 × √3)R30°-Sn/Pt(111) surface alloy. Adsorbed ethyl groups are stable until 376 K where they react to evolve ethane, ethylene, and H2. The activation energy for ethyl dehydrogenation is Edehyd** = 97 kJ/mol, which is twice that reported on Pt(111). In addition, we place a lower limit of Ehydr* > 70 kJ/mol on the barrier to ethyl hydrogenation on this alloy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-32
Number of pages6
JournalCatalysis Letters
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 2005
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry


  • Dehydrogenation
  • Ethane
  • Ethyl
  • Ethylene
  • H-atom
  • Hydrogen
  • Sn/Pt alloy
  • TPD


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