Catalysis Letters

, Volume 17, Issue 1–2, pp 47–53 | Cite as

In situ observation of methoxide hydrogenation on the Ni(111) surface

  • Ruiming Zhang
  • Andrew J. Gellman


The surface chemistry of methoxide (CH3O-) on the Ni(111) surface has been studied in the presence of hydrogen pressures up to 2 Torr. During heating in vacuum methoxide decomposes to H2 and CO, which desorb at 380 and 445 K, respectively. The CH3O-decomposition process is rate limited by C―H bond breaking and exhibits a strong deuterium kinetic isotope effect in CD3O-. In the presence of ambient hydrogen pressures of 0.02–2.0 Torr both CH3O- and CD3O-are hydrogenated directly to methanol at ≈ 310 K. Methoxide is hydrogenated by adsorbed hydrogen, which nearly saturates the surface at these pressures and temperatures.


Methoxide hydrogenation Ni(111) surface catalysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ruiming Zhang
    • 1
  • Andrew J. Gellman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity oj IllinoisUrbanaUSA

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