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Catalysis Letters

, Volume 52, Issue 1, pp 63-67

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

  • S. PoulstonAffiliated withDepartment of Chemistry, University of Reading
  • , E. RowbothamAffiliated withDepartment of Chemistry, University of Reading
  • , P. StoneAffiliated withDepartment of Chemistry, University of Reading
  • , P. ParlettAffiliated withDepartment of Chemistry, University of Reading
  • , M. BowkerAffiliated withDepartment of Chemistry, University of Reading

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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.

copper copper oxide methanol formic acid