Catalysis Letters

, Volume 127, Issue 1–2, pp 126–131 | Cite as

Potassium Promotion of Cobalt Spinel Catalyst for N2O Decomposition—Accounted by Work Function Measurements and DFT Modelling

  • Filip Zasada
  • Pawel Stelmachowski
  • Gabriela Maniak
  • Jean-Francois Paul
  • Andrzej KotarbaEmail author
  • Zbigniew Sojka


The beneficial effect (decrease of the half conversion temperature by 100 °C) of potassium doping, in the range of 0–5 atoms/nm2, on N2O decomposition over Co3O4 was analyzed by work function measurements and DFT calculations. The optimal potassium surface loading was found to be 1.8 atoms/nm2. The effect was explained in terms of electronic promotion gauged by lowering of the catalyst work function by 0.48 eV (for K2CO3 precursor) and 0.44 eV (for KOH). The promotional effect is discussed in relation to the theoretical and experimental surface dipoles determined from Hirshfeld atomic charges and geometry of the postulated potassium adspecies and from the Topping model, respectively.


Cobalt spinel Potassium promoter N2O decomposition Work function Dipole moment DFT 



This work was done within The European Research Project COST D41.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Filip Zasada
    • 1
  • Pawel Stelmachowski
    • 1
  • Gabriela Maniak
    • 1
  • Jean-Francois Paul
    • 2
  • Andrzej Kotarba
    • 1
    Email author
  • Zbigniew Sojka
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of ChemistryJagiellonian UniversityKrakowPoland
  2. 2.Unité de Catalyse et Chimie du Solide UMR 8181Université des Sciences et Technologies de LilleVilleneuve d’Ascq CedexFrance

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