Catalysis Letters

, Volume 52, Issue 1, pp 63–67

Temperature-programmed desorption studies of methanol and formic acid decomposition on copper oxide surfaces

Authors

  • S. Poulston
    • Department of ChemistryUniversity of Reading
  • E. Rowbotham
    • Department of ChemistryUniversity of Reading
  • P. Stone
    • Department of ChemistryUniversity of Reading
  • P. Parlett
    • Department of ChemistryUniversity of Reading
  • M. Bowker
    • Department of ChemistryUniversity of Reading
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1019007100649

Cite this article as:
Poulston, S., Rowbotham, E., Stone, P. et al. Catalysis Letters (1998) 52: 63. doi:10.1023/A:1019007100649

Abstract

We have obtained temperature-programmed desorption data for methanol and formic acid adsorption on bulk powders of CuO and Cu2O. Methanol adsorption on CuO at 300 K results in CO2, H2 and H2O desorption at 550 K indicating formate decomposition; this decomposition temperature is very close to that obtained from the decomposition of formate produced by formic acid adsorption. No significant desorption was observed from vacuum-annealed Cu2O following exposure to methanol due to the formation of a copper metal film at the surface. However, formic acid was adsorbed on this surface decomposing at significantly lower temperature, 485 K, than on CuO.

coppercopper oxidemethanolformic acid
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