A Mass Spectrometry and XPS Investigation of the Catalytic Decompostion of Formic Acid

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Title: A Mass Spectrometry and XPS Investigation of the Catalytic Decompostion of Formic Acid
Authors: Selwyn, John
Date: 2012
Abstract: This thesis examines the catalytic characteristics of two materials with respect to the decomposition of Formic Acid. The decomposition of formic acid proceeds via two principal reaction pathways: dehydration and dehydrogenation. Dehydrogenation is a valuable reaction producing Hydrogen suitable for use in fuel cells whereas the dehydration pathway produces carbon monoxide, a poison for many fuel cell materials. One of the surface species, the formate ion, is also implicated in other important chemical reactions, most notably the water gas shift and the decomposition of methanol. The author seeks to document various intermediate surface species associated with the two reaction pathways with hope to use this information to future tailoring of catalysts for greater selectivity.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/22911
http://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-5843
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