Infrared investigation of the adsorption and reactions of methanol on a vanadium pentoxide/titania catalyst

F.S. Feil, J.G. van Ommen, J.R.H. Ross

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The oxidation of methanol on a Vz06/Ti02m onolayer catalyst was studied by infrared spectroscopy using transmittance and diffuse-reflectance cells. Methanol was adsorbed on the catalyst surface at room temperature to form methoxy groups. Upon heating to 150°C, these groups were oxidized to oxymethylene species. The latter species were also formed by adsorption of formaldehyde. When nitrogen saturated with methanol vapor was passed over the catalyst continuously at 150°C , methoxy, oxymethylene, and formate groups were formed successively. Formaldehyde, methyl formate, dimethoxymethane, and CO were detected simultaneously in the gas phase. When the gas stream was stopped, the formation of these products did not stop immediately; this indicates that the observed surface species are reaction intermediates. On the basis of these results, a mechanism is proposed for the reaction. The results are also compared with those obtained with TiOz alone; it is concluded that the different oxidation behavior of the support alone is due to different strengths of the C-H bond of the methoxy groups when adsorbed on the support and on the V205/Ti02 surface.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)668-673
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1987


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