CO Adsorption and Oxidation at the Catalyst-Water Interface: An Investigation by Attenuated Total Reflection Infrared Spectroscopy.

S.D. Ebbesen, Barbara Mojet, Leonardus Lefferts

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Adsorption of carbon monoxide and oxidation of preadsorbed carbon monoxide from gas and aqueous phases were studied on a platinum catalyst deposited on a ZnSe internal reflection element (IRE) using attenuated total reflection infrared (ATR-IR) spectroscopy. The results of this study convincingly show that it is possible to prepare platinum metal layers strongly attached to an IRE, which are stable for over 3 days in aqueous-phase experiments. It is shown that ATR-IR spectroscopy is a suitable technique to study adsorption and catalytic reactions occurring at the interface of a solid catalyst in an aqueous reaction mixture, even with an extreme low-surface-area catalyst. Clearly, ATR-IR spectroscopy allows for a direct comparison of reactions on a catalytic surface in gas and liquid phases on the same sample. CO was found to adsorb both linearly and bridged on the platinum metal layer when adsorbed from the gas phase, but only linear CO was detected in aqueous solution, although with 5 times higher intensity. Oxidation of preadsorbed CO on platinum occurs in both gas phase, wetted gas, and aqueous media and was found to be 2 times faster in the aqueous phase compared to gas-phase oxidation because of a promoting effect of water. Moreover, during oxidation at room temperature, CO2 adsorbed on Pt/ZnSe was detected in both gas and aqueous phases.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)1079-1085
Number of pages7
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • METIS-231442
  • IR-57572

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