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Silicon microfabricated reactor for operando XAS/DRIFTS studies of heterogeneous catalytic reactions

DOI: 10.1039/D0CY01608J DOI Help

Authors: B. Venezia (University College London (UCL)) , E. Cao (University College London (UCL)) , Santhosh K. Matam (UK Catalysis Hub, Research Complex at Harwell; Cardiff University) , C. Waldron (University College London) , G. Cibin (Diamond Light Source) , E. K. Gibson (UK Catalysis Hub, Research Complex at Harwell; The University of Glasgow) , S. Golunski (Cardiff University) , P. P. Wells (The UK Catalysis Hub, Research Complex at Harwell; University of Southampton) , I. Silverwood (University College London) , C. R. A. Catlow (The UK Catalysis Hub, Research Complex at Harwell; Cardiff University; University College London) , G. Sankar (University College London) , A. Gavriilidis (University College London)
Co-authored by industrial partner: No

Type: Journal Paper
Journal: Catalysis Science & Technology , VOL 39

State: Published (Approved)
Published: October 2020
Diamond Proposal Number(s): 19359

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Abstract: Operando X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFTS) and mass spectrometry (MS) provide complementary information on the catalyst structure, surface reaction mechanisms and activity relationships. The powerful combination of the techniques has been the driving force to design and engineer suitable spectroscopic operando reactors that can mitigate limitations inherent to conventional reaction cells and facilitate experiments under kinetic regimes. Microreactors have recently emerged as effective spectroscopic operando cells due to their plug-flow type operation with no dead volume and negligible mass and heat transfer resistances. Here we present a novel microfabricated reactor that can be used for both operando XAS and DRIFTS studies. The reactor has a glass–silicon–glass sandwich-like structure with a reaction channel (3000 μm × 600 μm; width × depth) packed with a catalyst bed (ca. 25 mg) and placed sideways to the X-ray beam, while the infrared beam illuminates the catalyst bed from the top. The outlet of the reactor is connected to MS for continuous monitoring of the reactor effluent. The feasibility of the microreactor is demonstrated by conducting two reactions: i) combustion of methane over 2 wt% Pd/Al2O3 studied by operando XAS at the Pd K-edge and ii) CO oxidation over 1 wt% Pt/Al2O3 catalyst studied by operando DRIFTS. The former shows that palladium is in an oxidised state at all studied temperatures, 250, 300, 350, 400 °C and the latter shows the presence of linearly adsorbed CO on the platinum surface. Furthermore, temperature-resolved reduction of palladium catalyst with methane and CO oxidation over platinum catalyst are also studied. Based on these results, the catalyst structure and surface reaction dynamics are discussed, which demonstrate not only the applicability and versatility of the microreactor for combined operando XAS and DRIFTS studies, but also illustrate the unique advantages of the microreactor for high space velocity and transient response experiments.

Subject Areas: Chemistry

Instruments: B18-Core EXAFS